You may or may not have seen this commercial, but Verizon has one out right now that talks about how we all want more. Here’s the link if you want to see what I’m talking about:
Every time this commercial plays it makes me think about life in general and about how we all do want more. We are all striving for something beyond what we currently have. The commercial is totally right when it says we are never satisfied with what we have. We all want the next big thing, whether that be the next iphone or the next xbox. When we experience something good we want it to continue. For example, your grandma’s homemade food, everyone always wants seconds and thirds. Or when you’re hanging out with your friends and you’re having an amazing time, you don’t want to leave. We always want more. The thing the commercial doesn’t mention (because duh! it’s advertising for verizon not trying to point to a larger truth..) is that the thing that we are all actually searching for is God. He’s the culmination of all of our desires. He is the “more” that we seek. He is at the heart of all of our longing for more and He is the only thing that can satisfy those longings.
I think about this every time I see the Verizon commercial but it has also just been coming up lately in prayer and just in my own reflections. I was reading from the Gospel of John today and was pointed in the same direction. Jesus said, “I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.”John 17:13-14
Essentially what we are longing for is the joy that Christ wants to share with us. The thing is, we weren’t made for this world, so we can’t find that joy in the world, at least not to it’s completeness. When we try to satisfy our longings by filling ourselves up with things of the world we will ALWAYS be left feeling empty. We’re trying to fill a God shaped hole with things too small and oddly shaped. The ONLY thing that can fill our longing is God.
I’ve really been recognizing my own dissatisfaction with the world lately. This passage from John reminds me that it’s okay for me not to be content. It actually is exactly how I should feel when I am trying to fill myself with the wrong things. I feel this way because the Lord is trying to draw me to Himself. I pray you and I can continue to seek more of Him and less of the things of this world.