The following are some soul-stirring thoughts from JR Vassar’s sermon, “Exhortations From a Departing Pastor, Part 2.”
“God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.” – CS Lewis
The danger is we would search for ultimate happiness outside of God. We give our attention to the trivial. We cannot put ultimate weight into things that will not last. When we put God first, everything else will be put in it’s proper order.
“In a superflat culture where nothing matters, we escape into obsessions and hobbies, interests that bear little ultimate consequence. In a commodified culture, we move and shift around meaning, giving weight to things that do not deserve mountains of time and attention.”
“The twenty-first century will be a century marked by conspicuous consumption but also a flagrant misuse of time. With religion off the agenda, our culture finds new avenues of devotion and distraction. Instead of moving us toward relationship and people, the immanent, superflat culture pushes us toward things. …Millions of hours in the twenty-first century will be spent working through DVD TV series, scanning social network sites, gorging on celebrity gossip, downloading music, flipping through home magazines, and playing computer games.
Things will take precedence over people. Meaningless activities will overtake our lives. There is nothing wrong with interests and hobbies in their right place, but the twenty-first-century culture will gorge on such activities. The real issues of human existence that have sat front and center of human consciousness have in the superflat, immanent world been shoved aside. They are too heavy to be carried on the road. Instead we buzz across the surface of life, never venturing below the surface.” – Mark Sayers, The Road Trip
How do you spend your time? How do you spend your resources? How intentional are you with the things that matter, the things that you love?
Without intentionality, your free time will flow to the trivial. Your free time will feed your addictions and your weaknesses, and your will make the optional things in your life essential, and you will make the essential things in your life optional. This will sabotage your life (and possibly others’ lives) and your ultimate joy.
Your ultimate and eternal joy comes from Christ alone. He has to be our deepest reality, and our task is to show people how good God is and to seek to win people over to Jesus.