This past Sunday Ross Wright, music director for Atlee's Mechanicsville campus, explored what it would look like to have Jesus as the center of our dreams and goals. If you missed it, you want to watch his message. Here's some encouragement from him to keep Jesus as your center point:
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. (Psalm 37:4)
I used to think this verse was a sign that all my dreams would come true. Well, they haven’t. Have yours?
In Psalm 37, when David says “heart’s desires,” he isn’t talking about the things we think we want. He’s talking about the thing we might not even know we need.
We all have dreams and goals, and living them out provides some level of satisfaction. But no external dream or goal can provide a lasting life of fulfillment. Not money or relationships or career or fame or accomplishment can truly satisfy our soul. The emptiness inside of us we try to fill with those things goes much deeper than we sometimes realize.
In John chapter 4, Jesus encounters a woman drawing water from a well. It’s in their conversation that we learn of a soul satisfaction (living water) Jesus offers that cannot be attained elsewhere.
The gift God has for us, the living water of his word and ways, transforms us into a wellspring of life. His living water satisfies the way nothing else – even our biggest dream coming true – can.
Through Jesus we are gifted our heart’s true desire.
In Jesus… we live.
There is so much freedom in Christ to live your dreams and accomplish your goals, but keeping Christ at the center means you might need to start thinking in reverse.
Instead of living for a moment that hasn’t happened yet… for a status you haven’t reached… for the thing that might one day make you happy…
You can live for the One who’s already satisfied your soul.
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. (Colossians 3:17)