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Mitch McCoy September 30, 2020
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One of the most powerful verses in all of Scripture, John 19:30, states, “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”


With a verse so profound and impactful as this, it makes me wonder and ask the question, “If we as Christians believe that Christ has finished it all deep down in our hearts, then why do we still pursue earthly desires that eventually fade?”


Most of us are always looking forward to something–maybe our next TeenPact class, mission trip, or a vacation with the family. For some, this could even be a next season, such as college, high school, gap year, or whatever is next ahead. I know for me, I’m always thinking forward to the next thing. While I believe it is wise to plan out our time and live to expect great things, there is a point where this mentality can be unhealthy and ultimately lead to sin. 


If we are so focused on the next activity, trip, or season, we will never see God where we are and will, quite frankly, live unsatisfied lives. This may come as a surprise to some, but that next season, activity, trip, or whatever exciting thing on the horizon will NOT fulfill us eternally.


The whole idea of fulfillment and satisfaction in the Father has struck my curiosity. Ultimately, I do not claim to know all the answers, but I believe and trust in the one who does. In Scripture, it uses the physical body symbol to show how our focus should be fixed on the Father.


For example, Hebrews 12:2 states,

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”


We know that this does not mean for us to position our eyes towards heaven and Jesus literally; however, this symbolizes what we as believers are to focus our hearts on. 


As believers, we are to rejoice in and seek the face of the King. Let’s praise Him for what he has done, and remember that He has paid the death reserved for us. In day-to-day life, this is hard. It is so easy for me to type this out and urge one to do this but actually to live it out is a whole other story. 


Therefore, through prayer and the reading and meditating on His Word, we can truly grow closer to Him and become more satisfied in Jesus. Paul was not joyful in his present circumstances but the person and work of Jesus. Philippians 4:12 states, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, and sisters, to truly place your satisfaction in the Father whose arms are wide open ready to take you in. 


Notes for further study: One of my favorite pastors, Matt Chandler, has an incredible sermon on this whole idea, and it changed my perspective. Along with countless other content, Chandler’s video “Finally Fulfilled” is worth the watch.

About the Author

Mitch McCoy

Mitch McCoy is a 2020-2021 TeenPact Student Body Representative. He hails from Greenville, North Carolina.