We are so continually busy. Busy with work or school, family and friends, chosen activities, and responsibilities of every kind. For some, the business seems necessary. For others, it is a search for satisfaction or a sense of accomplishment. At the core, we’re really hoping that what we are doing matters, yet sadly, so few things really profit.
I love how beautifully the King James says it. John 6:63 tells us, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” The picture the word quickeneth conjures is one that quickly gives a jolt of life, a spring in the step. That is something to think about. The things we do by instruction from the Holy Spirit bring a quick boost of joy and life to our hearts and lives. What we do in obedience gives strength and meaning. We realize God’s purpose.
On the other hand, the flesh doesn’t profit at all. Though I believe we are to take care of our physical bodies since they are the temple of the Lord, 1 Timothy 4:8 tells us, “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” The power in this verse is to remind us of what to be focused on, Godliness. It’s living for and unto God in all things that will profit everyone and everything for all of time and eternity.
If I focus on myself, I risk living unsatisfied and ultimately doing it all for nothing. Jesus said, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” Mark 8:36. We have a life of obedience to live. Jesus also said in 1 John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”. Instead, they give life and purpose. They fulfill and give strength. In short, they satisfy.
I know we can’t walk away from all responsibility, but I challenge you to make sure that you do the things that give life and strengthen you for your journey. Follow the leading and instruction of the Spirit of God. Let your obedience bring you great and deep satisfaction to your soul. Let the joy of the Lord indeed be your strength. Nothing else will satisfy. It only leaves you wanting more.
Every pleasure the flesh can offer fades quickly and leaves you wanting. Regardless of how you find physical pleasure, it won’t last. If you eat this morning, you will need to eat again. Every addiction, self-gratification, or obsession will leave you empty. CT Studd got it right. “Only one life twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.” Proverbs 4:7 “…In all of your getting, get understanding.” If you want to live your best life now, don’t waste your opportunity today to live by the Spirit and live a satisfied life.