Church is so good. I would imagine that even non-believers would benefit from the sermons, but I don’t know, maybe that’s the Spirit in me talking. Today we were challenged to ponder whether or not we want to live a life like Elijah – leaving a legacy, living for the Lord, or if we want to live a life of earthy comfort like Solomon. I want both. The Spirit in me wants me to live like Elijah, but since I’m an earthly creation, I enjoy earthly comforts. I struggle with being “of the world”.
I like the idea of living like a king (Solomon), having all of the luxury items I want at my disposal. But those things don’t fulfill and cannot sustain. I think that’s why so many celebrities end up on drugs or depressed, or worse. When you can afford all of life’s luxuries and you still feel empty inside, you realize that you need something else to fill your soul. You really never hear about missionaries strung out on drugs - and these are people who have very little in terms of earthy comforts, but are sustained and deeply fulfilled by doing the Lord's work. The bottom line is that only Jesus can fill that space, though most try people to satisfy that longing with one thing or another.
Its like having an itch that you can't get rid of. It feels better when you scratch it, but then it comes back once you stop scratching. If you're occupied with other things you might not notice it, but sure enough, as soon as things quiet down, there it is again. The only antidote for that itch is the Lord. He is deeply satisfying.
I sometimes find myself looking for fulfillment in the wrong places (sometimes in people, sometimes in "things), and then I remember (or am reminded) that my fulfillment comes from the Lord. Elijah had that, he was a prophet and he did the Lord’s work. He lived in the wilderness and was fed by birds (1 Kings 17) for cryin’ out loud – he didn’t have luxury, but he had the best thing of all – the Lord.