Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
- John 6:35
Picture yourself in your adolescence, wanting to become a surgeon due to the high salary. As life lingers onward, you continue to work as diligent as possible in school to reach the goal. Once you actually receive that certificate to practice your profession, you are overwhelmed with admiration, nostalgia, acknowledgement, and gratefulness for the past 8+ years of hardwork and dedication. Years after becoming a surgeon, your heart is no longer in the career field and you want to shoot for more accomplishments. Unfortunately, all that work you once endured is disregarded and you no longer possess the satisfaction you once did, the day you received your credentials. You realize your heart was never in it, but it was for the pursuit of monetary value.
As our days coast away, we battle with what we desire at the moment and what is truly, eternally appeasing. The impulsive cravings which we stumble upon, crowd our minds and influence us to act in such a manner that will get us to a certain destination of happiness. But who’s to say that happiness will remain still once we arrive at the terminal.
Struggling to combat what I am physically attracted to has never failed to diverge my attention from what is best, what is necessary, and what is only wanted. In dire times, what I had like to attain may have seemed more than illustrious. The need to grab hold of what I wanted (like the newest Challenger, a luxurious loft, a new pair of Balenciagas) had overwhelmed me, and I quarreled with every preexisting and external factor to obtain such values. I went above and beyond all obstacles to say “Yea, that’s me. I got that.” Yet, all the sweat, time, and sacrifice made for these monetary possessions had been thrown in the trash as soon as Dodge announced the newest Challenger, after growing accustom in the home, or when my footwear had managed a scuff. Watching my happiness develop into an appraisal of possessions became the climax of determining my perspective of self-worth.
Eventually, I came to realize these possessions only pacify for the moment, only transcending temporary pleasure into covetousness and greed. When we are led by the flesh toward a particular subject, this does not only develop into a destructive accomplishment, but it is also the root of a nonstop perpetuance of sin. A single chase for a check may turn into an ongoing hunt for money. An evening of lust can turn into a century of perverted events. A taste of cake can transgress into an obsession, or even a crime of theft (I’ve tasted cake that great, it’s at Cheddars Scratch Kitchen). One single craving of this world can turn into a repetitive cycle of sin.
When we crave what is of this world, we may do whatever is necessary to attain it but will once again, soon become unsatisfied. Leading yourself will never truly grant you an experience of great and eternal peace. When you allow Him to lead you, you will never come up short. Everything you experience will be purposeful, meaningful, and cause an everlasting satisfaction.
The difference between the Earth and this world, is in the Spirit and the flesh. What is divine is of this earth. What is nurtured by man is of the world. The living word speaks to us and uses the “Earth” and the “world” irreplaceably throughout the text. In Genesis 1:1, He “created the heavens and the earth.” Not the world. In Genesis 1:26, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Not the world. And in Genesis 1:31, “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” Mind you, everything God touched was good.
It is when the earth was introduced to sin that it became the world (Roman 5:25), when the fruit was eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When Jesus had been tried in Matthew 4:8, “the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.” Obviously, the earth is what is good of this planet. The world, what is used for evil and self-seeking appeasement.
When making decisions, decipher if the root of behavior is for immoral pleasure or selfish desires and conclude that it is of the flesh. All covetousness of the flesh is sin and of this world. If it springs unto your conscience every morning from loving goodness and internal gratification, let it be of the Spirit and of the earth.
To know everything, is to know nothing. But knowing the Spirit, is to know peace, which surpasses all understanding (Philipians 4:7). Being able to find true peace will allow you discern all that is good in the eyes of the Lord, and give you the ability to disregard what is pleasing to this world. By faith, believers of Christ are taught by just that… faith. It is okay not to know everything. Many do not believe because of lack of proof, and others are devout in their own religion, and that is okay for them. As a servant of the Most High, it is not our duty to condemn or judge others, but to love. Whoever you may be, whatever your religion, know there is an Almighty God who loves. And when referring to God, His name is a means of expression to a higher power and no face seen, the power in complete control and inspiration of wisdom. Find what is good and pleasing to you, but take heed that it will not be in your face. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7) as “we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18). Allow this to be applicable to you.
Ask yourself when combatting sin, temporary pleasure or eternal peace?
Galatians 5:16-17 says to “walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want” like we are to be free from the yoke of slavery such as sin, as it is found in Galatians 5:1. If you still find it difficult to distinguish your sin, find Galatians 5:19, and read the desires which sin produce, and continue to stumble upon the fruits of the Spirit.
When you delight yourself in the light of the Lord, be prepared for a transformation of the mind. You will no longer crave what the flesh wants, because the Spirit and flesh are at a constant feud.
“Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
– Psalm 37:1-4