The author J.I. Packer states it well in his book Knowing God,
“What is the best thing in life, bringing more joy, delight and contentment than anything else? Knowledge of God.”
Packer goes on to talk about what that knowledge involves, but I want to focus upon the statement’s simplicity.
Materialism is just one trend that is distracting. Do you realize how materialistic our society has become? How so many of us get caught up in trying to out-do our neighbors or co-workers, thinking such ambitions will satisfy us? Why are we so drawn to these pursuits? Are we so out of tune with Who God is? Do we even recognize how fallen our world is, in contrast to how holy He is? Sometimes I just want to scream at the top of my lungs, “He’s God, people! Wake up! What are you doing?!?!”
Having things is oftentimes driven by a desire to be accepted by others or to feel as if we have accomplished something. Yet, being with the in-crowd and winning the popularity contests isn’t all its cracked up to be. Yes, it may bring some temporary satisfaction, but it doesn’t bring true joy.
Scripture teaches that we are ALL here for a purpose, “…everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Isaiah 43:7, NIV) We ALL have gifts and different personalities for the same reason…to glorify God! In that glorification process, God wants to KNOW us! That is not my opinion, it is a biblical truth!
So get this, while we are doing what we have been created to do in the first place, we get the added bonus of feeling good about it!
Wow! A complex thought broken down in simple terms. What are you pursuing today?