Have you ever spent days, weeks, or even months waiting to see the latest from Hollywood? Most of the time, it starts with a television commercial, then a movie trailer, then nonstop ads on buses and bus stops, and soon enough it becomes a major topic of conversation with your friends. Eventually, the awaited day comes and it's time to see the movie. Usually, it doesn't measure up with your expectations and you're disappointed. In the rare case it does, you have a great time and it's the best movie you've seen in a while. You leave happy, but soon the excitement is over, and it's life as usual.... Until a few months later, the next blockbuster comes out—this one is supposed to be even better. So, of course, you go to see it. And the next one, and the next. So the cycle continues—does this sound familiar? But at sometime, way in the back of your mind, don't you eventually think: Is this how I am going to spend my time for the rest of my life? Living from one movie to the next? Movies, football games, parties, hanging out with friends, just having fun. It's all the same. Isn't there something more?
We all have these experiences in our lives, or similar ones at school, work, with our friends, with our family. It's always the same—you look forward to something, you can't wait for it, then it happens, its nice, its great, but soon its over. And life's not much different than when you started. In all these things we are always left in want. Every attempt in seeking real fulfillment doesn't last and inevitably leaves us feeling empty.
So why are we this way? Why are we so complicated? The answer is in the way we are made. God made us to desire eternal satisfaction, and anything less doesn't completely satisfy. In God's Word, we are told that we are made with three distinct parts. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says that we are made with a body, a soul, and a spirit.
All of us are familiar with our body. It is the part of us that we use to see and touch, to contact the physical realm—the realm that we are most accustomed to. Our body seeks satisfaction, which we can easily obtain from eating, drinking, sleeping, and physical exercise. It is quite simple to satisfy our needs in the physical realm. Yet even when our physical needs are met, we still realize that we are not deeply content inside. So we go on looking for something deeper and more meaningful.
The second part in us is called our soul. In comparison to our body, our soul is much deeper and more complex; it is in the psychological realm. Our soul is our personality, who we are. It contains the capacity to understand, to feel, and to choose. This part in us also needs to be satisfied. To satisfy the soul, we seek after money and success, we try to be well-educated, we spend time with our friends, and we desire to have a lasting relationship and a good family life. Yet even with all these things, the fulfillment of our soul does not cure the mysterious emptiness within us.
This is because we have a third part in us. This third part is called our human spirit. This part is beyond the physical realm of the body and is deeper and different than the soul. It is the deepest and most hidden part in man. This is the part that Blaise Pascal, a famous French scientist, called the "God-shaped vacuum." This is the part that Solomon, a great king of Israel, called the "eternity in man's heart." The human spirit is a part created within us by God with a particular intent and purpose. This purpose is to contain and contact God Himself. Nothing in this life can satisfy our spirit—not movies, not money, not our friends, not our family, not even love. Our spirit was created so that it could not be satisfied with anything other than God Himself. And unless it does contain God, we will never be truly and fully satisfied.
How is it that God can satisfy our spirit? It is because He is the Spirit that can come into and fill our spirit. God became a man named Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a perfect human life on the earth, died to take away our sins, was buried, and then was raised from the dead. When He was raised (resurrected), He became a life-giving Spirit. As the Spirit, He is now available to get inside of man's human spirit. As the Spirit, He can enter into us, filling the deep emptiness inside with Christ Himself. Only Christ—and nothing else—can satisfy our deepest part.
The simplest and most direct way to receive Christ into your spirit is to call upon the name of the Lord (Rom. 10:13). Simply open your heart and from deep within call, "Lord Jesus. Lord Jesus. I receive You. I believe You can fill the emptiness within. Lord Jesus, I believe in You." By this simple action, God Himself in Christ comes into your human spirit and satisfies the void within. When this happens, you realize that there was something more after all—the something more was God Himself.
If there was an inward response in you as you were reading these articles and you want to fill the sense of emptiness within you with God Himself, please open your heart to pray the following prayer in a genuine and sincere way:
Lord Jesus, I need You. Lord, I have tried so many things and nothing truly satisfies me. Come into me and fill my deepest part right now. Save me from my sins and from my emptiness. Lord, I receive You into me. Lord Jesus, I love You. Thank You for saving me.