Saving the World

“There’s some sort of hard to define spiritual crisis across the land which shows up in rising depression rates, rising mental health problems. A survey that Pew research center released last year captures the mood. Pew asked people to describe the thing that brings meaning to their lives. A shocking number of respondents describe lives of quiet despair. ‘I no long find much of anything meaningful, fulfilling or satisfying. Whatever used to keep me going has gone. I’m currently struggling to find any motivation to keep going.’”
 
This quote, from an article titled “Saving the World”, is not from a Christian magazine or website. It is from the New York Times (July 5, 2019). As we continue a series on the book of Jonah, we are reminded once again that we live in a world searching for meaning that can only be found through the hope of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:5 says, “Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
 
One of the ironies of life is that when we try to chase fulfillment for its own sake, it constantly eludes us. Yet when we seek to serve God, we find fulfillment. People around you find life listless and meaningless. With no eternal purpose guiding their way, they find little point to life. In these days where so many live lives devoid of meaning, we can lift up the banner of Christ and ask others to join us in the one cause that truly has eternal meaning.