One of the greatest things I have learned in my nearly 50 years is how meaningless this world is. People lie, cheat, murder, steal and betray in order to satisfy their own lusts. A nice house, a marriage partner, a lot of money, fame….. all for what? The cycle never ends. The lusts for these things are never satisfied. Most men these days do not even like women, let alone marry them.
God created us to be in relationship with Him. We were born into this world to be witnesses for Him and in the end we were created to worship Him and keep the Lord company. For believers there will be no more marrying ever again once we leave this earth.
The town where I live is filled with so many superficial and phony people. The church people judge others by their occupation, statuses and titles, by the clothes they wear, the homes they live in, the cars they drive and whom they associate (they flock to anybody with a famous name). All of which the Bible says is wrongful judgment. All of these things are meaningless. While these people are seeking someone they feel meets their approval, they would most likely overlook Jesus in the crowd because He would never show up looking in an approved manner for them.
The point is this. If your focus in life is about being famous, or having lots of money, or some career, or having certain material things or titles, or getting married, then you are really missing the mark because God does not promise us any of this. He promises to take care of us and meet our needs. That does not mean being financially poor, but if your prayers and focus are on people and money and satisfying your worldly lusts then it probably won’t be God who answers those prayers. Satan will give you anything you want in exchange for your soul.
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?
…I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 1:2-3, 14, (read the rest of Ecclesiastes 1)
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
What would you list as your single greatest need today? A new house? A better job? A marriage partner? A genuine friend? An increase in income? What if that need were dramatically met today? You moved into a beautiful home, got the job you wanted, found the perfect mate, met a true friend, and came into a healthy inheritance. Would you still have a pressing need in a week or two?
You’re never without needs. That’s why the answer to the original question—”What would you list as your single greatest need today?” —can only be, “An intimate, steadfast, growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” That is your greatest need.
When you know Christ, you can have all of your emotional needs met (Matthew 11:28 NASB). When you make knowing God your chief priority, your physical needs are met (Matthew 6:33 NASB).
To know God is to have a vital relationship with the Author, Sustainer, and End of all things. That is really the only necessary thing. Is it yours?