What Do You Really Want?

In a back alley there lies a man who was overtaken by rival gang members. As a child he longed for the love of a father; the loving embrace of a mother. He tried to prove to them that he was worth their attention through his dedication to their desires. He endured their ridicule, punishment and neglect – all in hopes that they may one day love him as he wanted them to. As time went on, father fell further and further into drugs, alcohol and his own life, forgetting his son. Mother was left to care for the boy and instead of that, she turned to a life of drug dealing and the party life, allowing the less that upright to enter in and influence the life of a young man who only desired love. Left to his own, he fell into the snare of the gang mentality; for his desire was for companionship; he longed to feel as though he belonged. He was looking for direction, something to place his faith in – something to believe in.

In a remote hotel room there lays a girl, forsaken by her lovers. She called out for a father that was not there, she groaned for a mother who had long ago given up on her. When she was a girl she looked for a strong hand of direction from her father – a father who had instead given her an example of conditional love – based upon sexual expression. She looked for guidance from a mother, seeking to fill a void she felt in her life. She saw her dad in a light that should never exist between a father and daughter. Her mother failed to care enough to look just outside her eyes and see the atrocity that was being perpetrated upon her own daughter, her flesh and blood. Instead the young woman was left to figure life out on her own – something that should never happen. As she walked through the corridor of time, she filled the emptiness of soul with the affections of her lovers, however brief the encounter, for it made her feel as though she had value. Faced with being forsaken time and time again, she grew only to know the void that was left within her soul – and she was looking for a sign, a hint of guidance, longing to know what is right, what she ought to believe – and she cried out day and night for a God who she did not know, for she desired to place her faith in something stable, a rock that she could stand on – she longed for something to believe in.

These tales are told time and time again throughout our land. These are real lives experiencing the torturous, painful, reality of a life without a mother or a father, devoid of direction and guidance. This is the world we live in. A world dominated by the forces of evil, ruining the lives of millions. It is the playground of the one who “walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet.5:8), and is the environment in which many millions find themselves prey. They are lost. They have no direction. The devil has had success in the lives of such persons “whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them” (2 Cor. 4:4), leaving them desolate and without hope and aimless - or so they are told, or so they think.

If you were to ask this young man or this young woman, what do you really want? I mean: what do you really want? I would venture to say there answer wouldn’t be money, fame, glory, or position – no, it would be that someone loved them, really loved them. They are looking for an identity. They want to belong. Some, in an attempt to fulfill the gaping void, reach out to the numbing affects of alcohol. Some reach out to one night stands - some to drugs, to gangs, to education, to anything that will give them a sense of worth, belonging and identity. Outwardly they may possess the look of stone. They may be hardened by the atrocities that have been their lot, but inwardly they cry out “DOESN’T ANYONE CARE?! WON’T SOMEONE HELP ME?!”

Enter the God of the Bible – the Creator of all things made, including this young man; this young woman. In His mercy, He has given to mankind the highest extension of Grace that can be extended – His Son; “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (Jn. 3:16-17). He has given the path to eternal life in Jesus Christ. He desires to give you heavenly citizenship, to adopt you into His family. He cares for you (cf. 1 Pet. 5:7).

This is masked in life by the actions of man, who, in his rebellion, has sinned against God (Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 5:12), bringing upon himself grief, sorrow, pain, selfishness, rebellion, hardness of heart, etc. In this state men have perpetrated the evils that befell this young man and this young woman, and countless more like them. It does not have to be this way. God provides hope of escape (cf. 2 Pet. 2:20) through His Gospel (cf. Rom. 1:16-17; Col. 1:23).

This is my question to the one reading this today, if you are seeking, trying to find that which is missing: What do you really want? If it is love, peace, joy, gladness, the hope of eternal life where “the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people” where “God Himself will be with them and be their God” (Rev. 21:3), and where “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” where “there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain” because “the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:4), then won’t you come to the only one who is able to save you from this present age, full of pain, suffering, tears, sorrow and death?

Today is the day of salvation, won’t you reach out in obedience “while it is still called today” (Heb. 3:7-15) to the Gospel of Grace? If you are reading this today and you think you are worthless, abandoned, devalued, and without hope, please reach out to me. My phone number is 828-424-6044. I am here to help you. God does not want you to be left out in the cold, lost and without direction. He does not want you to be in despair. His desire is for you, for “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). He has sent His Son “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk. 19:10) – and that includes you.

God really wants you to be saved, to experience joys unspeakable. What do you really want?



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