What do you live for? We all desire something better or want to achieve something great in life.
For some people, getting rich is their goal. Some want to be famous. Others look for the ideal job and exert all their energy to move up the ladder. Some people want to be more attractive, buy a dream car, marry someone they love, own a nice house, have a family, go on vacations, and retire comfortably.
We may have beautiful dreams and focus all our energy on obtaining those dreams. Many people are able to accomplish their goals in life. You may also have worked very hard for something. But after you achieved it, did you ask yourself, “Is this all there is to it?”
Something seems to be missing. People seek different ways to escape their inner emptiness—drowning themselves in entertainment, parties, drugs, alcohol, gambling, or work. Even the rich and famous can suffer from addiction and depression. Entrepreneurs who have had extraordinary success in business may have failed miserably in their relationships. What was once a beautiful dream is too often shattered by harsh reality.
Despite all the things we acquire, we feel empty and discontent because we are looking for happiness and fulfillment in the wrong things. We set our priorities and goals based on our egos. We measure success by popular trends in society. We have been led into thinking that the more we have, the happier we will be. But are we?
Jesus said, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mt 16:26).
Here, the Lord Jesus reveals the truth about our existence. We can gain everything in this world, but if our soul is not connected with our Creator, we are nothing. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” He also promised His followers, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” The truth about our existence lies with Him, and His words spoken through the Bible tell us that He is the way to a valuable existence. He came to show us the truth about God and help us look at life from the perspective of God, so that we are able to see through these superficial pursuits and to live with more meaning. He opens our eyes to realize that we are precious in God’s eyes, even without the opulent layers of fame and money. He assures us that we don’t have to worry about what we eat or what we wear, because He loves us and is willing to provide for all our needs. We can only be fully satisfied if God becomes the center of our lives and fills our souls.
If you believe in Jesus and honor Him as your Lord and Savior, you will be set free from the fleeting values and empty pursuits of this world. He will bring you back to God; to live in a way that your Creator has intended for you to live. He will make you successful in God’s eyes. He will empower you to find joy in loving others. He will give you meaning in this life and beyond.
Jesus is the answer. In Him, we can find the truth—the truth about our eternal existence, the truth about God’s love, the truth about what is good, and the truth about our purpose in life. This truth shall set us free.