Posted by: Joe Palmer | May 29, 2009

Have you Found what You are Looking for?


Have you Found what You are Looking for?
Article 1 Dying to Change

By Joe Palmer

Are you satisfied with your life?  Contentment leads to peace. Discontentment leads to growth.  Jesus said, we are to hunger and thirst for righteousness.   Do you spiritually hunger to grow and transform your life?

Everyone has a different story.  I became a Christian at the age of eleven.  I was influenced by Godly parents, preachers, teachers, Christian Colleges, and close friends.  I have always longed for spiritual connection.  I guess it is a feeling that there is something more out there. 

Others have looked for it too

  • Jesus had a man named Nicodemus who was a Jewish leader come to him at night.  He had questions.  It is obvious that as you read the story he was looking for something more.
  • Zacheus also came looking for something more.  As a child I sang the song in VBS about how ‘a wee little man’ climbed up in a tree to see Jesus.  I didn’t realize though that Zacheus had wealth but he hadn’t found what he was looking for. In fact he felt guilty over the fact that he cheated people.
  • Another anonymous character came to Jesus too. He had questions.  All we know about him is that he was an influential wealthy young man.  He wanted to know what he needed to do beyond what he was doing to find meaning. You see he was already religious.  Jesus told him to sell out.  Literally to sell everything and give it to the poor, then come follow him. 

These men have nothing and everything in common: One is young, one is old; one is religious, one is not; one is respected, one is not.  What they had in common is they were looking for something more.  Religion hadn’t given it to Nicodemus. Money wasn’t enough for Zacheus.  Youth, money, and power wasn’t enough for our anonymous rich kid.

I think a lot of people feel that there is a hole in their life. We try to fill it up.  The world tries to tell us how to fill it.  It doesn’t work. It’s been proven over and over again.  The wealthiest, most powerful, king of Israel said it didn’t work.  He lived the lifestyle of the rich and famous at the end of his life he wrote the first autobiographical self help book, and said,  that it was all emptiness.  We see young Hollywood starts and starlets prove it all over again.  They end up drugged up, divorced, broke, and in rehab.  All their money can’t give them peace, nor fill their hunger.

I’m a Christian.  People look at the church and Christians and they don’t see the answer.  I understand.  You see adding church to the same life you are living now won’t make much of a difference.  It will be just one more thing on your agenda.  A watered down version of anything is of little value.  You water down gas and you will ruin your car.  You water down coke and people won’t buy it.  People want the real thing and only something genuine can make a difference.

I wish I could tell you if our three men found it.  Jesus told Nicodemus how to get it. We aren’t sure if he found it.  The anonymous young man wasn’t willing to change his life. The cost was too high.  Zacheus got it.  Jesus spent the day with him and it changed him forever.

Are you looking for something more?

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Responses

  1. Hey Joe,
    Good post brother! I had an “encounter” with the love of Christ about 3 yrs ago. I have never been the same since. Being baptized at age 13, I lived all those years with a “sectarian” mindset. Since about 3 yrs ago, my eyes have been opened to his love on a greater and larger scale and it is awesome. I no longer worry about certain things anymore, I just love God and love others along the way on my journey with Him. It is awesome to “have found what I have been looking for”….great post friend!!

  2. […] Palmer from the church of Christ in Niceville, Florida writes the Better Life blog. Joe has begun a new series which asks if you have found what you are looking for. There are […]

  3. A popular song out now… ‘Show me what I’m looking for’…

    http://www.lyrics.com/lyrics/carolina-liar/show-me-what-im-looking-for.html

    Most people don’t know what they want, what they need or what they are looking for. All they know is the void they feel. The emptiness is so profound that they are consumed with any temporary thing to fill the holes. They can’t get their head around long term things. We live in a microwave/instant gratification world. I want it and I want it now…that’s the way of the world.

  4. Good Song GG. Never heard it before. Hope to hear more from you.


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