Have you ever heard of a radio show called UNSHACKLED!? It features dramatizations of true life stories of real people who were once lost in sin but whom Christ freed from their bondage to wickedness. Some of these folks were violent robbers, drug dealers, alcoholics, spouse abusers, and even good citizens who realized that something essential was missing from their lives.
What the human heart craves above all else is rest from seeking fulfillment in life. Many people try to fill the void by numbing their pain with drugs. Others place their self worth in sporting achievements. With many folks, it’s possessions which they hope will end their restlessness. Then their are those few who place their confidence in religious duties. In the end, all these things let us down.
How sad it is that people ignore or reject the one person who will help them. The Bible says in Matthew 11:28 (KJV), “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” All those people whose lives were dramatized on UNSHACKLED! craved that rest and found it in Jesus Christ.
Neither is this the only promise of spiritual satisfaction given to us by God. Look at what Isaiah 58:11 (KJV) states. “And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” In a land suffering frequent dry spells, this promise meant a lot to the prophet’s hearers.
Moreover, this provision of the Lord provides for all of our true desires for rest and peace which we lack before we become born again. Jesus contrasted the Devil’s robbery of our joy and contentment when he said in John 10:10 (KJV) “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
So we can see just by these few verses that surrendering our lives over to Christ brings many benefits in this life as well as the one to come. I plan on writing more about this beneficial surrender in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People often assume that worldly achievements and possessions will give them lasting happiness. Only being a part of Christ’s body of believers brings true, lasting joy.