Let me start by saying; we all have a god.
There is a THING in all of our lives that commands our motives, actions and purpose. We do not live just to exist because machines can do that, rocks can do that. We live to fulfill a purpose, to achieve something, to want something. We do not get to live to make ourselves great because we all meet a similar end, death. And even if our name “lives on” it’s only a name. So why do we work to create these gods? Why do we try to imagine something worth worshiping? Why do we have this need for a god?
Some of us will try to make objects our god. We will pursue this journey of gathering things until our house eventually collapses on us because it is too full of stuff. THINGS will never satisfy us. A brand new truck with rims will not make “hot chicks” think that you are cool (or worth their time). Fake boobs and jewelry will not make a Ryan Gosling character think that you are sexy (or that you have a personality). If you believe that material things can satisfy you then you have bought into to a lie and you will be empty.
Some of us will try to make emotions our god. We will go do whatever it takes to make sure that we are happy so that we can enjoy life. But happiness by itself is absolutely empty. Someone who wants to fill their glass with happiness alone will find themselves in a false reality because greif is real. Greif is an honest FACT of life. And because it is a fact of life it is a necessary part of life. So if we try to make being happy our god we will never find complete satisfaction but only a false fullness that will quickly fade with our days.
Some of us will try to make someone else our god. We will cling to this other person in high hopes that they will be able to satisfy our every need. We hope that they will not just bring us sustenance but true joy in our life. But here is the problem with making this other person our focus of worship… They never asked to be our god, they don’t want to be our god. They get sick of us. They don’t love us all the time. They will never satisfy us. They will choose themselves before they choose us.
MOST of us will try to make ourselves our god. There is nothing easier to love than ourselves. There is nothing easier to hate than ourselves. When we make ourselves our god we rely upon our own perfection to satisfy us, to fulfill us. We will never be perfect and we will therefore, never be full. We can try to make things that everybody will love so that we feel loved. But a something is never loved by everyone. We can try to do good for others so that we can feel good about ourselves. But the feeling is lost as soon as we see that the good we do is never done, but exponentially doing and therefore never satisfying.
I am the most guilty of all of these. But I have hope.
Because there is only one God and His name is Jesus. He has satisfied ALL. And He is my God.