One of the desires that most people share is the desire for intimacy. How we go about satisfying that desire is different, but at the end of the day, most people want to be known, loved, and accepted.
Another desire that is common to humanity is the desire to have purpose. For most people throughout the history of the world, this desire was met through the daily struggle of survival. When we don’t have to struggle to survive, we want to know in other ways that our lives matter. It is important for us to know that what we do is worthwhile, and that we are able to leave behind some sort of legacy.
There is know doubt that many people want their lives to matter and to have a sense of personal fulfillment for their lives. No one wants their life to be a waste. This is why I think people are either pursuing a way to discover personal fulfillment, or they are looking for a way to numb the feeling that their life doesn’t matter.
I believe one reason that spiritual formation in Christ is important is because it is the only way to truly experience the personal fulfillment our hearts crave.
Jesus does not deny us personal fulfillment, but shows us the only true way to it. In Him we “find our life.” He would keep us from selling our birthright as creatures in God’s image – a birthright of genuine goodness, sufficiency, and power for which we are fitted by nature – for a mere bowl of soup (Genesis 25:30-31); perhaps a little illicit sex, money, reputation, power, self-righteousness, and so forth – “the pleasures of sin for a season” – or for the promise or possibility of such.
Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart; p. 68
The way of Jesus is the only true path for personal fulfillment that we can take, because only Jesus can lead us to live the life that God created us to live. Only Jesus can infuse our daily activities with Kingdom importance.(Tweet this) When our lives are marked with love, peace, joy, gentleness, and the like (Galatians 5:22-23), we are then able to experience life the way it was supposed to be lived. Only then will we begin to experience true personal fulfillment in our lives.
This means the first step towards person fulfillment, in living the life God created us to live, is found in the choice to follow Jesus. It is by living the way of Jesus that we are able to experience life at its fullest. (Tweet this)
Following Jesus is more than just believing in Jesus and adopting a few moral principles. It is adopting the way Jesus lived his life. This requires doing those types of activities that enabled Jesus to love, forgive, and serve those around him. We must make room in our lives to pray, meditate, study Scripture, and serve people in need. This is how we maintain a good connection with God, the source of true and everlasting life.
Following Jesus doesn’t keep us from personal fulfillment, rather it is the only way to truly experience a fulfilling life.