But grow in grace, and [in] the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him [be] glory both now and for ever. Amen.”—2 Peter 3:8
Someone once said that the more times change, the more they stay the same and in many situations, this can be applied. Think about the time of Christ and the people who were able to witness Christ in the flesh and all the great things that we did. All the miracles that He performed and the healing that were conducted and although these people witnessed these great occurrences, they were not enough.
Today, we have the greatest technology ever known to man and have the greatest amount of resources available to us yet, people want more and more. As a people, we are never satisfied with enough but continuously want more and more. We see this scripture after scripture and this shows me that, as people, we are never truly satisfied. The more we have, the more we want. There is nothing wrong with desires but I’m convinced that a great portion of us will never be completely satisfied.
Perhaps this is why Biblical scholars and philosophers teach that the only way to true joy is Jesus Christ. There have been many times I’ve heard it taught that Christ is the only way to be truly satisfied in this life and the older I grow, I understand how significant this teaching is. Too many people say that this is a crutch that we lean on but Christ is much more than a crutch. Yes, Christ is something that we cling to and His word tells us to lean on Him, not our own understanding, but Christ is a way of life.
Perhaps religion itself can become a crutch if a person gives into religious traditions and legalism but a relationship with Christ has nothing to do with religion. In fact, as we grow older and grow more into Christ, the more our faith becomes who we are. It’s what we rely on and what we, as believers, are identified by. This may not make sense to nonbelievers and some believers will scoff at it but Christ is the one we are to hold on to more and more and His word tells us so.
Hebrews 10:23 reads “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”. We are told that God is the same today as He was yesterday and will be the same tomorrow that He is today (Hebrews 13:8) and this is very comforting knowing that all the things that He has done are still possible, today. When we read about the things that Christ has done—all the miracles and the healings—we recognize that they are some of the greatest occurrences in human history and we are not exempt from seeing any of them occur today.
However, what we cannot do is continue to reject Christ and expect Him to favor us with riches beyond this word. Christ provides a way for all things and gives all that we need but as we see many times within scripture, He knows the hearts of man. He knew the hearts of all the Jews and Romans just like He knew Peter’s heart and He knows all of our hearts. The more that we learn about Christ, the more that we should in love with Him and the more that Christ does for us, the more that we should want to do for Him. It’s a continuous cycle that repeats itself, more and more.
For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”—Hebrews 4:12