Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you had it all? I am sure we’ve all daydreamed about such an existence at one time or another, but I can tell you that it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. As a pastor, I have counseled those who looked like they had it all but were cracking up behind closed doors. A few cracked all the way through, and I found myself standing over open graves alongside broken hearts.
Why? Because the promise of “having it all” simply cannot deliver! Those folks who found it to be an empty promise learned the hard way what C. S. Lewis explained in Mere Christianity:
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world (something supernatural and eternal).
This profound truth has been lived out in the lives of far too many who desperately sought their identity, purpose, meaning, significance, happiness, fulfillment, and joy in something smaller than God. Have you ever wondered why God began His Ten Commandments with “I am the Lord your God . . . you shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3)? Because God knew the ultimate end of chasing after “other gods,” and that end is a meaningless existence marked by self-rule, self-focus, self-atonement . . . and ultimately self-desctruction.
Anything that has replaced God on the throne of your life is an “other god.” It is anything you have made more important than God. It is anything that rules your heart and shapes your life. It is anything you believe will do for you what only God can do. It is anything so important and central to your life that, if you lost it, your life would be ruined. In other words, ANYTHING can be your “other god.” Here are just a few examples:
- Social Status
- Applause of Man
As you can see, there are a great many things that can hold title to the functional trust of our hearts. Yet none of these things will meet us in our place of deepest need. C. S. Lewis found that desire which no experience in this world could satisfy . . . and that desire is God.
Regardless of where this might find you today, if you have been chasing after “other gods” in search of having it all, there is hope: His name is Jesus Christ. The way forward is to turn back—turn back to the One True God, who loved you so much that He chose to take your place on the cross to claim you as His own. Jesus is the answer to your nagging questions and the solution to your pressing problems. Jesus is the only One who can truly meet your every need and fulfill your deepest desires.
I can tell you from personal experience that there is a time when having it all is enough. It is when our “ALL” is the ALMIGHTY!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!