John 10:9-10 (NLT)
Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
The grass is not always greener on the other side. I am just as guilty as the next person of comparing my life to other “pastures”, places of provision, and dwelling places. In a world that is constantly changing with new advancements and options each day, it is difficult to find contentment and satisfaction. If we insist on comparison, our life is not ever going to line up to the person we live next to, work with or even attend the same church. Why? God didn’t create one plan for every person. In fact, we are each born with a distinct purpose. It is not like that of anyone else. God was with us when we were individually created in the sanctuary of His Dwelling place alone with no one but His Total Being (Father, Son and Spirit) present. In that place, He gave us purpose. He created a plan. He decided the desires of our heart and what would satisfy our soul. Then God made it our inheritance. If we just find our way back to Him, it becomes ours in that moment. However, in this world and according to this life, there is a societal norm that must be achieved and accomplished to live a “satisfied” life that leads to no contentment. It is a constant cycle of want and desire that drives us to a place of constant discontentment and need. Where is the simple life? What must I do to be satisfied? Can it be so easy? I am the gate. Those who come in will be saved. They will live in freedom from want, need and desire because I will give them My Goodness. Though the thief will try to steal it, I will give them a rich and satisfying life. I want to be satisfied in all things. I want to live in the peaceful place called contentment. Lord, help my find my green grass today.
Proverbs 3:13-18 (NLT)
Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.
A couple of years ago, I went to a conference in Miami, Florida. At the conclusion of the event, it was time for my colleagues and I to return home so we loaded a minivan and headed to the airport. I was given the profound “pleasure” and awesome “responsibility” of driving everyone to the airport. As we merged onto the high way, my co-worker had loaded the coordinates unto her “smart” phone that were to direct us. However, there was a great deal of construction on the highway at that time so there was a great deal of rerouting along the way. We missed the off ramp and were forced to circle around the outskirts of Miami to find our destination. At that point, everyone else in the van began to give instructions with only two ears and one steering wheel there was no way to follow each voice. Tears filled my eyes in the midst of confusion and fear of never getting home until I saw the airport sign. Rather than a list of instructions, it was a simple marker with an airplane on it. That’s what I wanted – the international airport sign would direct me. I stopped listening to all the clamor in the background and was led directly to my destination not by artificial intelligence, advanced technology or even well-meaning friends. I followed the simple instructions posted along the road. My point, I knew what I wanted. One thing – to go home. I had a ticket in my bag that gave me access to a flight. I just had to get to where the plane was. I found a sign and followed it. Could life be so simple yet we miss it in the clamor and collaboration of this life that tells us we need more than God, we can never get enough, and we must remain in the rat race or miss out completely? Life is simple. You can be satisfied. Wisdom is more profitable than anything human hands can create or earn in this life when we seek understanding and knowledge from our Creator. He is not making this up as goes along. God knows our purpose. He knows exactly what it will take to satisfy us. We just have to find our way into the green grass and purpose laid out for us long ago. Eternity is planted in our hearts. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) It is the coordinates to contentment for those who come to know Jesus and understand that through Him we will find a rich and satisfying life.
Psalm 63:1-5 (NLT)
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.
Is our pursuit of God earnest? Do you really want God’s Plan and Purpose for your life? I can answer that for myself, but only you know the direction and desires of your own heart. What are you thirsty for? It will be the denominating factor in our thoughts. It will fill our mind. It will be the passion of our heart. Those who decide that only Jesus will satisfy them must pursue Him. He will meet you where you are but not allow you to stay there because that old life is not the one that Jesus died for you to have. He wanted to give you access to the Plan and Power of God the Father. His Way is perfect. The Lord does not compromise but leads us to greener pastures that where created to bring us satisfaction and contentment. To satisfy has a variety of benefits including but not limited to – fulfill the desires, expectations, needs and demands; give full contentment; put an end to need by sufficient and ample provision; give assurance; answer sufficiently; solve; relieve of doubt; fully discharge; and make reparation. All of these are including in the new life that Jesus Christ is offering us today. He is the Gate. We just have to walk in and take ownership. But we are not limited to just these things when it comes to satisfaction and contentment in the Lord because He promises to do more than we think or ask for. (Ephesians 3:20) Maybe our grass is even greener than we can imagine?
Galatians 6:7-9 (NLT)
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
You will harvest what you plant. Seedtime and harvest is a perpetual cycle set forth in the days of Noah. If we desire a rich and satisfying life, we must follow the example of Abraham. (Genesis 25:7) Romans 4 outlines in detail the faith of Abraham who dared believe God even when there was no reason for hope. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him. What good is our faith if we cannot even use its seeds to produce a satisfying life let alone from contentment in being with God forever? We must learn to live in the satisfaction and contentment of God with His Assistance as His Spirit moves us from Glory to Glory transforming us from the walking dead to living in the Light of His Love now and forever. The grass is greenest in our own pasture because it was created to satisfy our soul now and forever. We cannot use God to satisfy this life. We must seek Him for forever. The things of this life will never result in true contentment for His Children because they were created for a much greater fulfillment. Don’t look to others for contentment for they are struggling to find it for themselves. Do not let them decide what will bring you satisfaction because their purpose, plan and provision will never satisfy your soul. Look to Jesus, plant seeds of faith in His Word, Will and Way for your life and watch as “green grass” of His Prosperity fills your life right where you are, in every situation and circumstance the Fruit of His Spirit fills your life including love, joy and peace that give us a rich, satisfying life just like Jesus promised.
Psalm 1:1-3 (NLT)
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.