- We are all interested in the pursuit of life (whatever definition we use to define "life" with, such as success, happiness, peace, joy, etc.)
- There is always something that seems to get in the way of that pursuit
If we take these premises, if you will, as givens then we can consider the ways we go about answering the problem in number two as having two directions:
- Either our definition of life doesn't work (maybe it's too unrealistic or unattainable); or
- What we are seeing as the problem getting in the way of our pursuit of life is incorrect
For example, if my pursuit of life is based on great wealth or fame but I live in a situation where neither education nor opportunity exist for me realistically, then I'm probably unlikely to achieve my definition of life. After making many attempts to get rich, expose my talent to the world, or work hard at developing my skills, I could realize that maybe it's time I change what I pursue in life (#1). Or, I could come to the conclusion that the world is against me and realize that I would be able to achieve my goals if only those obstacles were removed (#2). As a result, we end up pursuing the wrong things, digging ourselves deeper into pits of despair, anger, and bitterness.
If we're ever going to achieve real life, we must first see the problem as God does (Galatians 5:16-26); our sinful human desires are the problem, and the root of all the evil and chaos in the world. Hebrews 9:14 says that those desires were crucified with Christ in order that we may serve the living God. Then, as we have given up our pursuit of earthly things that pass away and only cause us harm, we become transformed by God's incredible power of mercy, able to see that He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Real life is about God and has nothing to do with us. On the contrary, when we pursue serving God only then do we receive the joy, happiness, and satisfaction we all desire... but in a completely different way than any human could ever have imagined on his own.