by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday September 20, 2005
Few of us hope for a mundane existence; instead, we long to experience a grand life. Unfortunately, chasing after the world's vision of fulfillment leads to emptiness. Many people try saturating their minds with new ideologies and experiences, eager to find the one that will finally fill the hole inside them. But genuine satisfaction comes only through God.
Believers are fulfilled by God's presence living within them in the form of His Holy Spirit. Our decision to love the Lord and give ourselves fully to Him results in the kind of peaceful joy others search for in "religion" and short-term success. Submission does not mean that we settle for a second-rate life, as some people assume. Rather, we trade our dreams for His will. Sometimes our hopes already match His purpose for us, but whenever the two are not similar, the Father's plan is always much bigger and greater than our desires.
A believer's life is designed for God's glory. His purpose was in place for each of us before the world began: "'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope'" (Jeremiah 29:11). We can still achieve goals, overcome failure, and experience success, but for a different reason than when we lived for ourselves. We no longer call people's attention to our own capabilities, but instead bask in the abundant gifts of our loving heavenly Father.
Choose today whom you will serve—the world of empty promises or a God of true fulfillment.
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