One of the most beautiful arias in the oratorio library is one by Felix Mendelssohn entitled “If with All Your Hearts Ye Truly Seek Me.” This is the first phrase of the aria, and it is immediately followed by, “Ye shall ever surely find me.” It is punctuated with, “Thus saith our God.” It is music such as this that is so sorely needed in a society in which people seem to have no idea of what is really important in their lives.
Directions in life
Today there are literally thousands of sources trying to tell people how to find direction and purpose in life. We are told that to have purpose you must get an education. And the more education, the better. Millions have pursued education for years and attained many degrees and more on top of that. And yet when they have climbed to the top of their field they arrive to find nothing but emptiness and frustration. That goal which was to give their lives real purpose leaves them just as empty and still searching as they were at the beginning.
A wise man once said, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?”
We are constantly fed the idea that attaining money and living the good life is the goal that we should endeavor to attain. For millions over the world that is their goal. Do whatever you can to make as much money as you can and enjoy as many pleasures as you can while you try to make more money. Though there are many studies which show and prove that money does not bring purpose or contentment to life, one only has to look around to see that it does not bring any contentment or real peace and joy to those who continually pursue it.
Money is an excellent tool, but a terrible master. There are entire networks on TV that are dedicated to the love of money and the making of money. Do your own study and see just how many of those people on these networks really exude joy and peace and contentment.
There is a wise statement which was penned hundreds of years ago which should be an addendum to every pursuer of making money. This is what it says:” The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” So when these people begin to tell you what to do with your money, let a warning light go on and use wisdom as you invest your money.”
Another thing that so many people seek after today is fame. Nowadays people can become famous by posting things on Facebook or Twitter or YouTube. Others seek fame as actors or musicians or promoters of other products. In attaining fame they believe that they will find purpose for their lives and existence here on earth. They think that influencing others they can enjoy the fruits of fame such as money, prestige, and comfort.
The attaining of those things rarely, if ever, gives real purpose to life. Rarely will you find a famous person who is at peace within his or herself. There is always someone who is more famous. There are more things that they want to achieve and more money to be made.
If not money or fame, what should we seek
Well, you ask, what should we seek if not money and fame? There is one thing that is most important if you are to have a meaningful life that is filled with purpose all the time. Seeking money and fame can give purpose which lasts for short periods. But to have a purpose which endures and is always guiding to greater and greater things you must have something that is not temporal as fame and money. You must have something that is eternal.
In the Bible, it tells us that things which are seen are only temporal, or they only last for a little while. Things that we enjoy with our senses are only temporary and will have to be replaced by something else if we are to find another source of purpose. But there are some things that are eternal which will always give purpose and fulfillment in our lives no matter what we may do. These are things which are within the spiritual realm. If you truly desire to live a purpose-filled life and know joy and peace in what you are accomplishing, then you must have a goal that is beyond the natural realm of accomplishment.
You may ask, “What good is that?” First of all, you must realize that you are more than just a physical body and a brain. Human beings have been endowed with a spirit as well as a body and brain(mind). The body and the mind want the things that we can see and handle with our senses. But all these things are temporal(temporary). They may give satisfaction for a while, but sooner or later they will fade away and lose their attraction and purpose. But, if your goals in life are focused on things that are eternal, then you will always have direction and purpose for your life. There will never come a time when you are lacking in goals to achieve or mountains to climb or new dreams to strive for.
If with all your heart
The secret to finding this purpose and peace is to do it with all your heart. The God Who created you has said that “if you seek Me, you will find Me”. In Jeremiah 29:13 He said it this way: “And you shall seek Me and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart.” It was our Creator’s intention to have fellowship with each of us for eternity, but when Adam chose to rebel against our Creator that fellowship was broken.
Because we have a loving Creator, He has made a way by which we can be restored to right standing with Him just as if we had never rebelled against Him. He did that by taking the sin of our rebellion upon Himself, through His only-begotten Son, Jesus, and placing the punishment for that sin upon Jesus. Jesus suffered the price of our rebellion so that we would not have to if we by faith receive His gift of grace.
But, this is not a halfhearted stance that we take. Rather, it is a whole hearted surrender to the Lordship of Jesus in our lives. We give up total ownership of our lives to Him. That can only be done as we search with all our hearts.
The Creator has promised that we will find Him if we seek Him with all our hearts. Why don’t you give up your trying to find meaning through riches or fame and become a fulfilled person as you surrender yourself to your Creator Who loves you more than you could ever imagine? Find that purpose in living that never ceases but rather grows more and more meaningful every day.
Your Creator has sought you, now you seek Him.