Even though we live our life in a physical world, God created us to live our life directed by daily spiritual interaction with Him. However, we have been separated from God and have therefore lost the spiritual connection that each of us was created by God to have. Without being reconciled to Him, God sees each of us as being spiritually dead to Him.
As a result of the separation of people from God, people have tried to gain a sense of fulfillment by continually seeking something or someone to fill the spiritual emptiness deep inside us. Whatever or whoever we put first in our life becomes our god because it takes the place of the one true God. If the focal point in our life is not God, we will never be able to fill the empty spiritual space deep inside us and though we may experience short-term satisfaction, it will never be lasting or truly fulfilling. Typically, this lack of fulfillment drives us on to endlessly pursue further achievements or experiences but true lasting contentment, peace or happiness is always elusive.
Without a spiritual connection to God, each of us has been left to live our life in a way we were not designed to. Having been designed to gain satisfaction from the spiritual relationship with God, people continually try to find satisfaction from the world around them not realizing that the void is spiritual. Only the spiritual things satisfy the spiritual hunger and no false god, relationship, career or material possession could ever satisfy the spiritual hunger within each person that can only be truly satisfied by the restoration of a spiritual relationship with the one true God.
C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity says this:
“God made us: invented us as a man invents a petrol engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
Without connection to God, there is a deep emptiness inside each one of us and we search for meaning and purpose in our life. Given our life in a physical world, we turn to the world to fill this void through interactions with other individuals, building up possessions, educating ourselves, chasing careers or pursuing various other things. Of course, we find that although these things may provide a level of short-term contentment, the discontentment and emptiness that lies deep inside us cannot ever be satisfactorily filled because the loss we feel is our loss of the spiritual connection with our creator, God.
Once we believe in God, recognize that our emptiness comes from a spiritual deadness to God and hunger to have this spiritual relationship restored, we are able to step onto the narrow path that God has provided to reconcile each of us to Him, move towards true contentment and live the life He has for us.
God is the only source of true fulfillment and hope for our life and until we realize that we were created to be in God’s image, to live for God, love Him and obey Him, we will never live a fulfilled life. The human spirit was made to gain its spiritual life and direction from God and people were made to live a spirit-led life.
God intends for the life of each person to be filled with His continual spiritual presence and His daily spiritual revelation and direction. He desires a strong loving relationship with each of us and He wants us to fully give our life to Him. Our plans, purpose, desires and will, need to be yielded so that His plans, purpose, desires and will are lived out in our daily lives. This requires our submission, commitment, daily effort and perseverance.
Our spiritual life is the one which lives on for eternity when our fleshly body dies. It is so important for us to individually recognize this and daily live and build up our spiritual life. Our commitment and perseverance in doing this will determine the nature of our eternal life.
Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Jesus Christ said that there are few on this narrow pathway to eternal life. The few that find the pathway and persevere with walking on the difficult path are the ones that find that they can draw near to God and live a transformed life.
However, for many the pull of the world around us, an inability to truly believe, the distractions and worries of daily life, and our own desires, cause us to never truly live a life that is committed to God. By staying away, we have never tasted the true Christian life and the goodness of God that is found by all who are willing to leave their old life behind and live the life God calls us to live. This true Christian life requires a strong, true belief and a wholehearted commitment and this is not easily reached by many people. Recognizing this, G.K. Chesterton said:
“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.
God will draw near to all those who truly hunger for Him, is continually faithful to His promises and will become a loving heavenly Father to all who turn to Him with all their heart.
God has given people a choice between spiritual life or remaining in spiritual death and it is in our power to choose the spiritual life He offers. The choices we make during our life in our physical body will determine whether God accepts and rewards us or whether He rejects us. Our spiritual fate is sealed on our physical death and there is nothing we can do to alter it after we die. Our life on earth is short but our choices during this short life determine our eternal existence.
Once reconciled to God through a heart held belief in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are born again by the power of God into a new spiritual life.
2 Corinthians 5 vs 17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Jesus stated that we had to go through this spiritual rebirth to see and enter into the kingdom of God. Each of us must receive this new spiritual re-birth to be a Christian and it will then enable us to enter through the narrow gate and walk on the narrow pathway to eternal life in heaven and live a new Christian spiritual life for God.
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*The New American Standard Bible version of the Bible.
Other scripture quotations, unless indicated, are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.