Lately, I have been thinking about my future and my human nature to constantly strive for more. My wife and I have been discussing this as we contemplate what the future holds for our family.
It is exhausting to try and always look forward to the next big move in life or for the next thing that will satisfy my desire to become something. I forget too easily that I am an heir to the King: “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14, ESV). The purpose of my life is not to encourage and seek my own satisfaction and glory but to seek to glorify Jesus Christ and invite others to join with me. By God’s grace, I will be delighted in Him through honoring him.
Paul writes “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (15:13). I am encouraged that God will fill me with joy, peace, and thanksgiving and he will give me hope. He writes earlier in Romans that Hope is the culmination of suffering, endurance, and character (5:1-5). I have been encouraged by the words in verse 5: “and hope does not disappoint” (NASB). One day I will stand in the presence of Jesus, and I will have complete satisfaction.
John Piper illuminated the idea of hope and satisfaction in a sermon that I listened to the other day. If I chose the most satisfying place in the world (a Caribbean beach, a majestic mountain top, etc.) that place would not hold a candle to the peace and satisfaction that I will have in Jesus’ presence one day.
Earthly satisfaction is temporary and does not deliver all that it promises, but Jesus’ hope will not disappoint. I look forward to the day when I am completely satisfied in Him. Therefore, why should I care about earthly glory and satisfaction?
There is no reason to strive for earthly honor, other than to lift high the name of Jesus so that others can have the same hope that I have and others may glorify Jesus.
I pray that the Holy Spirit will lead me back to this understanding and clarity when I choose to ignore God’s promises and words for my own selfish pride.