Have you ever experienced hunger, thirst or cravings?
Hunger and thirst are nagging and sometimes painful feelings that send you in search of something to make that feeling go away. Sometimes, what we have just isn’t enough to satisfy our need.
In contrast, think about the best meal you have ever eaten. I am talking about that oh yeah, yum yum, good meal. Does anybody else ever break out in humming, singing, or a little dance during a meal? Now that is good eating. There is something joyous about a satisfied tummy. A satisfied tummy is comforting. Such satisfaction encourages relaxation – a sense of calm instead of stress. Because of that satisfaction, we often rest. That is interesting when you stop and think about it. Satisfaction leads to rest. Therefore, we rest in God because He satisfies.
Pow and wow! I have to tell you the little nugget regarding satisfaction and rest, blew my mind wide open to a message that I will have to speak on in more detail soon. For now, I will keep it brief.
Jesus makes it easy.
Using the easy to understand physical example, Jesus revealed spiritual truths. Naturally, we understand the need to satisfy hunger and thirst. Additionally, we know how it feels to have those basic needs met. However, the satisfaction we feel through meeting the physical or emotional needs is temporary. For total satisfaction in life, we must remind ourselves and each other to prioritize the spiritual need. From a satisfied spiritual need flows satisfaction in other areas of life.
In John 6:35, Jesus identifies himself as the source that sustains life, a permanently satisfying life.
John 6:35 (NKJV) – And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
Our need for Jesus should be as basic and vital to our existence as needing food or water. Our God gives us an easy action plan for filling a need only he can meet, consisting of 2 simple steps:
Step #1: Come to me
Step #2: Believe in me
If you are Christian and feeling unsatisfied in life or even stuck, I encourage you to go back to the 2-step plan and evaluate. Note, I said evaluate and not condemn. This isn’t an exercise in making yourself feel guilty. This exercise is for bringing awareness to any needed adjustments for your good.
- Have you gone to Jesus?
- Are you relying on God as the only source to truly satisfy and fill any void?
- Are you still believing in Jesus, and what does that mean to you?
Believing goes beyond a knowledge that Jesus exists. This action calls for trusting in God and living by faith in what Jesus has already done for you.
Keep your relationship with God first.
Fortunately, we believers have access to a direct relationship with God. We can understand, more and more, what we have in Christ through a consistent relationship and willingness to learn.
1 Corinthians 2:12 (NKJV) – Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
God has freely given much to those who believe. We develop our ability to freely receive from God through our continued relationship with Him – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Everything flows from this relationship. The alternative is:
- No relationship
- No flow
- No satisfaction
- No abundant living filled with power and all that God has provided
Instead, you get…meh. Unfortunately, there are a number of us still navigating the state of “meh”. It leaves us still hungry and still thirsty. The truth is we should be full. Jesus himself at different times revealed to us His will that we be filled. God has so much more for you, for your good and His glory. Hence, go back to the plan. Jesus is the bread of life and the only source who really satisfies…eternally.
Come to God. Believe. Be filled!