Every one of us hungers for three things: Acceptance, Security, and Significance.
We are driven to find these three. We hope for them, dream for them, reach for them. Every human pursuit and relationship is a step seeking an experience of one or more of these. Neil T. Anderson speaks of these three fundamental needs of people in his book, Victory Over The Darkness.
Unfortunately as much as we reach for an experience of these, we often fail to fully find it. Years ago, the Rolling Stones sang a song that cried out, “I can’t get no satisfaction…’cause I try and I try and I try and I try.” All of us can relate to that.
But the truth is that these things are squarely found in Christ Jesus. We cannot find them anywhere else, but in Him.
Think about it! We hunger for…
*We search for it in our fathers and mothers, in our friends and co-workers, in intimate relationships with a boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancée, or spouse. We sometimes gain a measure of it. But never do we find (nor could we) total and ultimate acceptance from anyone.
*Ultimate acceptance is only fully found in Jesus. When you connect with Jesus your hunger for acceptance is satisfied. Think about it…
- You become a member of His family. The Bible says, “to all who received him…he gave the right to become children of God.”(John 1:12)
- You are brought into union with His Spirit. Scripture tells us, “he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:17)
- You are His treasured possession. He says, “you have been bought at a price.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
- You have been adopted as His child. Ephesians 1:5 says, we were “adopted as his sons.”
You are completely and utterly accepted in Christ.
*We search for security in possessions, relationships, health, and even in our own self-righteousness. But none of these things make us secure in any eternal sense. All of them are temporary and flimsy supports at best.
*Ultimate and eternal security is only found in Jesus. For the Word says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
It is only in Jesus that we have security in His love. He will never stop loving us or considering us His. Only with the Lord that we can truly and eternally know that it is well with our soul.
*We search for significance in so many ways. We strive for it through achievement, wealth, and self exaltation (bragging or even putting people down so that we can feel lifted up).
*But true significance is only found in Jesus. He is our Creator. He knows what we are made for. It is only in submission to Him and His will that we can really connect to our life’s purpose. God’s word declares, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Our deepest hunger is found in the one who loved us enough to die for our salvation. Faith in Him and a relationship with Him is what our soul craves.
Psalm 63:1, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
Question: How has knowing Christ brought you satisfaction where before it was elusive? You can leave a comment by clicking here.