Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33
It is easy to look at NFL players and think that they must be totally satisfied. They have money. They have fame. They have all this world has to offer. --Or so we think.
Chris Maragos has had success in the league and has been a part of two Super Bowl Championship teams after going undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2010. Even though he grew up in a Christian home he really did not have a relationship with Jesus. In his words, “it wasn’t personal for me.” He was seeking satisfaction in all kinds of places--partying, drugs, friends, school, and sports. It all faded away and left him wanting. He wanted something that was permanent.
What about you? Where are you looking for satisfaction? Even as Christ-followers, we sometimes find ourselves going after something else for our satisfaction. Oftentimes, it is something that is really good (when it is in the correct position), but is found to be lacking when we make it a first thing. What tempts you to follow it for satisfaction? Is it service in the church? Is it your family? Is it your studies? Is it your football? Is it a relationship? Is it something else good? Seeking any of these things first is not living righteously, it is also not satisfying--it always lets you down eventually.
But, when you seek Christ first and allow these other good things to be in their appropriate places behind him, you will find true satisfaction, your needs met, and a greater joy in all the good things in the light of Jesus. It’s not easy. It is a daily battle. The enemy knows the good things that you seek and will sometimes pull you deeper into those things so you won’t be thinking first of your true source of satisfaction.
So, what good things are your temptations? What bad things are your temptations? Ask God to put things into perspective and to energize your relationship with Him. You are at an exciting time in your life. Go hard after God and let Him lead you to all the good things He has for you.