My daughter and I unfolded our lawn chairs and waited in the 90+ degree heat for the bands to take the stage. We were out in the middle of nowhere, literally in some pasture, when the concert organizer encouraged us to jot down one thing that an artist said (or sang) that was meaningful to us.
For me, that moment came shortly before the, “God bless; drive safely on your way home.” It was Darren Mulligan, lead singer of the band We Are Messengers who said it. During a heart-felt plea for the audience to give Jesus serious consideration, Mulligan said this, “I spent all my life chasing myself; and all I found was me. And I stink.” (He actually used a stronger word)!
I appreciated Mulligan’s words because so many people can relate to them. When we make life all about ourselves, chasing everything we can possibly get our hands on, we frequently find nothing but incredible disappointment. We’re searching for more – something that cannot be found within ourselves. The answer, Mulligan contended, was to find meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in a relationship with God through faith in Christ. Everything else is a chasing after ourselves in one fashion or another.
Friends, if you spend your life chasing yourself, all you’ll find is you. But, if you’ll chase Jesus Christ, you’ll find God and His grace! –Dave
But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:20-21)
(To receive these free daily devotions via email, subscribe at: http://www.theteachableheart.com/blogs—daily-devotions.html. For more information about the ministry, or to order the devotional books, visit: http://www.theteachableheart.com/books.html).