Thursday, September 2, 2004
My wife was on an airplane flight not long ago, and she was sitting on the isle seat. A mother was sitting next to her in the middle, and a little four-year-old girl, of course the daughter of that Mom, was at the window. She had never flown before, so she wanted to be where she could see everything. So, they taxied out to the runway, and the little girl was kind of looking straight ahead like a little businesswoman. Then the plane went up through the clouds, and it was one of those cloud-covered days. Occasionally the little girl glanced out the window, but when they got above the clouds, oh, then all of a sudden she pressed her nose to the glass. She was looking intently all over, back and forth, and after a few minutes of inspecting the sky, she turned to her Mom and she said with real concern, "Where are they?" And her Mom said, "What are you talking about?" She said, "I can't see them, Mommy. Where are they?" And her Mom said, "Where are what?" She said, "The angels, Mommy, where are the angels?" Poor little girl. She thought she knew where to find spiritual beings, but they weren't where she thought they would be.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Looking Out the Wrong Window."
My wife watched a girl on a search for the spiritual - a girl whose search ended in disappointment. She's not the only one that's happened to. It may have happened to you. A lot of people are looking for spiritual reality today. They're looking intently. They just don't find it where they thought they would. And we look out the window spiritually, but where is God? Where is spiritual peace? Where is eternal life? Where's the love I'm looking for? Jesus answers that in our word for today from the Word of God in John 6:35. He declared, "I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty."
Jesus is addressing something that's throbbing inside each of us - this spiritual hunger and thirst. It's what the Bible calls eternity in our heart. I think you know that we need something spiritual to fill that hole in our heart. Maybe you would even classify yourself as a spiritual seeker. I hope so. You've lived long enough to know that earth stuff and earth relationships just aren't enough to complete us.
Jesus said He is the end of your search. We're always seeking, but we're never finding. Maybe in a sense you've been looking out of a lot of spiritual windows hoping to find some peace and some reality. Maybe you've looked in the Protestant religion, or Catholic religion, or Jewish religion, or Moslem religion, or maybe crystals, or horoscopes or psychic powers. Maybe you've checked out an unconventional spiritual group that maybe some would call a cult. So many windows to look through, but each view has ended up unsatisfying and disappointing.
There are reasons why all the roads except the one that has Jesus and His cross on it leave us hollow inside. It's because what we really need is not spiritual experiences, or warm feelings, or beliefs, or even a caring group. We need to remove the sin that is blocking us from a relationship with our Creator. The sin wall, the Bible says in Isaiah 59:2, "...have separated you from your God." Romans 5:8 says, "But God proved His love for you in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Only one person can remove that wall, and that's Jesus.
Are you tired of looking out the window for spiritual reality and coming up disappointed? Where is God? Where is the love and peace I need from Him? Well, it begins at the cross, where you say those two words with all your heart - "for me." If you want to belong to this Jesus, would you tell Him that right now? And let me send you my booklet about this relationship called Yours For Life. A religion won't do it for you. An experience won't, or a group. You're looking for a love relationship with the One you were made by and made for. Why don't you look His way? Jesus is everything your heart has ever looked for.