” I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” – Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 517b KJV)
Last week we all experienced that feeling. You know it. That moment when you sit back, sigh very heavily, pat your belly and look off in the near distance. SATISFACTION. Because you were looking forward to that Thanksgiving meal all year, nothing else would quite hit that spot. Many have tried to go non traditional and serve “other stuff”; but no matter how awesome it is, on the 4th Thursday in November, a T-Bone Steak just won’t do. When we show up to the table, we are looking for turkey, dressing, maybe a ham or casserole of some sort. If we don’t find what we are looking for, we won’t be satisfied.
We have all shown up to the table of life, looking for something to fulfil us; to satisfy the hunger of our soul and the thirsting of our spirit. We have tried many different things to find it. Some want to be loved, so we seek it through lust. Some desire to have purpose, so we seek it through power. Some long for peace and comfort, so we seek it through opulence. But Jesus once said, “What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for? “ (Matthew 16:26 The Message Bible)
Little do we know, that Jesus came to fulfil and not to destroy. So many times, we believe the erroneous notion that once we submit ourselves to Jesus, our fun is totally spoiled and our sense of pleasure is ultimately destroyed. Not so! Jesus didn’t come to destroy anything but sin. He came to give us life! (John 10:10)
If you are searching, looking for that Thanksgiving-satisfaction feeling in life, you need to get to know Jesus. I’ve often found myself in those shoes, trying to find what I was looking for in all the wrong places. Sex, power and money can only gratify for the moment; but the love, peace, and joy will satisfy forever.
Jesus compels us like the Samaritan woman in John 4:
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”… Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (vs 10, 13 & 14)
Jesus isn’t saying that the woman will never need another drink; but what He is saying, is that His water is so satisfying that she won’t ever go to another well. Instead the well will spring up inside of her, always available to quench any thirst. Likewise, He is saying to us, if we truly seek after Him, He will fulfil us in such a way that we won’t ever have to find fulfillment in anyone or anything else.
So the search is over my friend. Jesus is what you’re looking for.
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