False Advertising

Advertisers bombard us with images that depict beauty and power to entice us to buy their products. They enhance lighting, colors, and sounds to make their products more appealing to our eyes and ears. If the advertiser is successful, we will imagine how the product could make us happy and then develop a craving for it – even if we don’t need it! As a result, we set out on a quest to satisfy that craving.

The danger in this quest is that we may let others and our desires determine that the temporary things of this world are more valuable than the eternal God. Romans 1:25 tells us that many people exchange “the truth of God for a lie” and pursue created things rather than the Creator. The truth is that “[God] has set eternity in the human heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). In other words, God has woven inside each of us a desire for something more – a craving to be part of something greater and more valuable than what we typically pursue. If we settle for something less than God, then our happiness will be temporary at best and our idolatry will separate us from God.

According to Isaiah 43:7, God created us with the innate longing to joyfully know and passionately declare His glory (i.e., His beauty, power, magnificence, and holiness). If we are going to see God for who He really is, then we need to look in the Bible for Jesus Christ, who is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). We find Jesus throughout the whole Bible, but especially in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. His value shines brilliantly when we look carefully at what He accomplished for us undeserving sinners in His sinless life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection. Unlike those advertisers I mentioned earlier, there is no need for embellished stories about Jesus Christ. He is rich in grace, mercy, and love (Ephesians 1:7; 2:4).

How great is the One, True God who is absolutely perfect in beauty and power and overflowing with infinite worth! He is the joy we have been looking for and the healing we so desperately need. What do you love and admire about Jesus Christ? Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM as we dive into the Bible and pursue truly seeing and savoring our Savior.