The Mass Insanity of Humanity

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Jesus (Matthew 6:33)

This is the time of year where self help books seem to go flying off the shelves at your local book store. Men and women alike are setting New Years Resolutions, businesses are projecting and setting final goals for the next four quarters, high school seniors are considering what college they will attend in the fall, college seniors are busy setting up job interviews so they have a place to work when they graduate. Everyone is planning for a change. The idea is simple, “I want my life to be better than it was last year.” Though everyone has a different perception of what “better” looks like for them, the pursuit tends to always look the same. Our resolutions are a good indicator of our hearts desire. Our resolutions are a good indicator of our hope as well. Here is where the irony and insanity comes in (insanity is trying to get a different result via the same means of execution).

DIFFERENT ME, SAME RESOLUTIONS

Every year, hundreds of millions of people write down their goals and their resolutions. With social media taking a big role in our everyday lives we now have the ability to post our resolutions and read others. Oddly enough, every year the resolutions never really change. As a matter of fact, the top five resolutions for 2014 are almost identical to those that people have made over the past five years. They include losing weight, saving more money, smoke or drink less, getting organized, and enjoying life. I short, the answer to having a better life than last year, is to do the exact same thing I did last year, and it is all going to be different.

CHANGING THE SHELL BUT NOT THE HEART

If you glance at the list you will again notice that the solution for having a better life is by changing all the peripherals around. If my body looks different, that would make me happy. If I can get the things around my life organized and neat I will be better. If I save more money, I can buy the things I want to and it will give me more security. I will be able to go to Wal-Mart, a buy a warm snuggie, and I will go home and put on my warm snuggie and feel all safe and secure. All of these resolutions are changing the things around our life but they do not lead to changing our life.

The Bible tells us that God is the author of life. He alone has the ability to create life, sustain life, and even revive life. Our possessions can not do this, fellow man can not do this, our discipline can not do this. If life is created, found and given through God then if we desire our lives to be changed then it only makes sense that we go to Jesus (God’s son). Otherwise, we can desire change, but without the author of life our lives continue down the same road were on.

THE MASS INSANITY OF HUMANITY

And this shows us the mass insanity of humanity. That everyone keeps doing the same thing over and over again year in and year out hoping to get a different result that they did the year prior. Everyone is busy trying to look their best, so they can land the best job, to make more money, to buy more things that they believe will make them happy. The idea is that A+B=C. Where A is a goal (lose weight, save money, get organized), B is the direction of a discipline (working out, being frugal, working hard), and C is the result (happiness, contentment, peace, hope). Has it proven to work?

No.

Americans who set this goal though still one of the wealthiest countries to have ever existed, complains about not having enough money, is still the most medicated generation, and we consume more goods products than anyone else on the face of the planet. Nevertheless we keep hitting the same stone like we did last year hoping that skittles will fall out instead of the granite that we have been seeing every year. Everyone keeps getting drunk off the same cool aide thinking that they are going to be the exception to the rule, and they are not.

WHATS THE ANSWER TO LIFE, CONTENTMENT AND SATISFACTION?

The answer is very simple, short and you might not like the simplicity of it.

Jesus.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Jesus (Matthew 6:33)

Jesus said that if you seek him, his Kingdom and his righteousness first then all these things will be added to you. What are the other things that he says will be added to you? The provisions you need for living and living for his glory. He speaks of food, shelter, care. This speaks further to contentment, joy, peace, security. That Jesus is the only thing we need.

The tendency for us is to not seek Jesus first, but the things that Jesus brings. The ends are not a means to Jesus and neither is Jesus a means to an end, Jesus is the means and Jesus is the end. Seek Jesus. Seek Jesus first. Seek Jesus before you seek other things.

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