Friday, October 21, 2011

October 22, 2011

EKG Devotional Day 22

I was never a Rolling Stones fan, but I do remember their song "(I can't get no) Satisfaction." Its lyrics are nearly without rival in capturing the emptiness of humankind. This song - in its day - echoed the prevailing sentiments of a generation.

Has anything really changed over the years, through? We will see the many futile attempts people make - and we make - to find statisfaction. Bigger houses, better jobs, more money, faster cars, classier clothes, more outrageous and expensive thrills. These are all part of the quest to fid satisfaction in life. We may call it fulfillment, happiness, or status , but we're all seeking to find meaning and purpose.


The miracle of the kingdom, though, is that when Jesus told us to pursue righteousness, to set our hearts on Him and His kingdom, He was actually offering us the only satisfaction life can give. In pursuing His kingdom, we discover that all the things we once considered worthy goals take a backseat to knowing God and experiencing the freedom that comes from His rule in our lies.

So do you want satisfaction? Then you want the kingdom because nothing else satisfies...though we try and we try and we try and we try.

The week read Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, chapters 5-7 in The Gospel of Matthew. How does Jesus' radical plan for finding satisfaction in life compare with what society says? How does it compare with your experiences?