Monday, July 31, 2017

Isaiah 55: Exchange the Good Life for the Great Life

KEY TEXT: Isaiah 55:1-3 "Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David."

KEY THOT: Most Singaporeans have the means to enjoy the so-called "Good Life". They spend money on expensive consumer lifestyle: expensive restaurants, fanciful vacations, self-indulgent spas and branded goods,  But the hangover of the "Good Life" is an empty pocket and empty heart. God is calling us to give up the Good Life to pursue the Great Life--to seek for the bread and water that truly satisfy: "Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?" It's futile to work hard to earn money to spend on things that leave us feeling empty. In pursuing the world's offer of the Good Life, we often miss out on God's offer of the Great Life.

Jesus reminds us that we are firstly spiritual beings and only God's word and His Spirit can truly satisfy our inner hunger and thirst: "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Mt. 4:4); "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water'" (John 7:37-38). Since Jesus is the Source of God's Word and God's Spirit, only He can truly satisfy us.  It is only when we pursue Christ and His kingdom by obeying His Word and His Spirit that we will be truly satisfied. When we seek God's kingdom and righteousness, we will experience the Great Life that lasts for eternity!

So, let's not waste our time and money pursuing things that cannot satisfy our spirit man but often leave us feeling empty when it's all over. Instead, let's respond to God's call to "Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price" (v.1). Let's feed on God's Word and drink of God's Spirit.

The best part about God's offer of the Great Life is this: it's entirely free! It's been paid for by Christ so that it can be offered freely to whomever would seek after God. While the Good Life has an expensive price-tag, the Great Life has no price-tag: it's a free gift!

Abba-Father, may You open our eyes to see the spiritual bankruptcy of pursuing the Good Life instead of the Great Life. 

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