Saturday, January 25, 2014

Having it all! Is it possible?

           It is hard to imagine how wealthy some are in the world. Investor Warren Buffet, the Walton family of Walmart fame, Bill Gates, and others. They have accumulated not millions but billions. To those on the outside people dream about what it would be like to be that rich. We led to think that such wealth would mean an end to our problems, a life of easy, and happiness. We know, from many examples that this is just not the case. Stories abound about lottery winners whose lives are ruined by their acquired wealth.
           One famous example is that of the late billionaire, Howard Hughes. At the age of 20 he became a noted film producer and one of his works, Two Arabian Knights, won an academy award. As a pilot he set cross-country and around the world speed records. He had highly publicized relationships with Ginger Rodgers, Katherine Hepburn and Ava Gardner, among other Holly wood legends. And the income from the business he inherited provided him with almost unlimited funds. Between the fantastic amount of wealth he accumulated and the remarkable feats he achieved, most agree that he had it all.
           Yet all the outward success he fostered decayed quickly. He began to suffer from a series of mental disorders, and he became a fanatic about cleanliness, fearful of any germs. (His servants had to wear white gloves, sometimes several pairs, when touching documents he would alter read.) He had a devouring dependence on narcotics. His last years were the worst: naked, dirty and emaciated, he remained in darkened rooms and limited his contacts to a few employees who kept him alive. In a sense, he still "had it all"; he had his billions. Yet he had nothing.
           In today's success orientated world, happiness and contentment are being wrongly equated with Hughes style success. Big money, respected accomplishments and high-society connections are tantalizingly offered as bait to lure the commoner into believing that "having it all" means everything.
           "Having it all," that is, true happiness and contentment, cannot be bought, bribed or earned. But it is given freely, as a gift, by the same Lord who has given us all good things to enjoy. In fact, God wants us to have it all!
           Jesus once said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." It was for that very reason that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world. He lived a perfect life and died on excruciating death in our place, to pay for our sins. By that death, later by his resurrection from the dead Jesus destroyed sin and its power once and for all. He victoriously made things right between us and our God by his self-sacrifice. By believing in him we share in that victory!
           We can know that our sins have been forgiven by our gracious God, that Jesus has put us back into a right relationship with Him, and that He will give us the ultimate evidence of that victory in everlasting heavenly glory.

           Believe in Jesus as you Savior from sin - that's having it all!