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Be fulfilled

June 12, 2013

2nd Sunday after Holy Trinityinvitation

“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live”

Isaiah 55:1-3a

 

 

 

It is a special treat that we hear from the prophet Isaiah. This invitation was spoken many years ago by the prophet to the people of Israel. However, this invitation is still valid and has not expired; it still stands. The one who is really behind this invitation is God himself. This is a timeless invitation which transcends all peoples, races, nationalities, languages, beliefs, moods and situations in which we find ourselves.

The words we hear come across like some kind of modern commercial. They are offering to fulfill any need. They talk about water to quench thirst. They talk about being able to buy, even for those who have no money. There is talk of buying wine, milk, etc. And finally in the verse it says something that I think is the key to the message for this Sunday: “Why spend money on what is not bread and your labor on what does not satisfy?”

Dissatisfaction – what a word! On this day I would like to highlight in particular during this sermon the words life and satisfaction.

The word satisfaction means to be fulfilled; to have our desires fulfilled.

 

We have talked in previous sermons that all people, whether or not they are Christian, have a non-physical part which we call the person’s spirit. Since this spirit is alive, it must therefore also be fed, like it is for every living being, it must be satisfied.

The way in which we satisfy the spirit is by feeding it with the appropriate food. The only food that exists to meet the needs of the spirit is a spiritual kind of food. If we do not meet the requirements of the spirit, then it may, like the body, get sick and it can die too. We have said further that the spirit is in control of the entire body; it directs the body. If the spirit is not healthy, neither will the body be. Many times when we do not receive spiritual nourishment, we seek to satisfy the need with other things. But these things do not give satisfaction to the spirit. “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?”

 

And so we live life looking to do things that satisfy us in various ways, such as financially, as we look to earn more and more money and to spend more and more. We set our goals higher and higher, believing that material wealth will give us happiness. We believe that we will achieve happiness through money, nonstop work, hobbies or other activities or pleasures. In the long run, we realize that rather than satisfy, these endeavours made us even hungrier.

But we must also bear witness that many people, as I read recently, who have started voluntary work in everyday activities, such as working for food banks, or helping the elderly or children to cross the street or anything that involves giving of our time to help others have inadvertently found a way to feel good. I do not know whether or not these people were Christians, probably not. What have they actually found? They have found a way to fulfill their spirits, to feed their spirits, perhaps after a lifetime of doing things that did not fulfill them.

 

Today, the Lord wants to give us a key to fulfilling the needs of our spirits. There is no need to wait a lifetime, to wait until you are retired to do an extra activity that will fulfill the soul. While all these activities mentioned are good in and of themselves, they are only minimal compared to what God has to offer us today. “Why spend money on what is not bread,

and your labor on what does not satisfy?

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,

and you will delight in the richest of fare.

Give ear and come to me;

listen, that you may live”

What is God telling us through the writings of the prophet? It is a very simple thing that we have heard many times in the church. God is telling us to surrender to Him; to hear His word and accept it. If we do so, we will start to live a different life; we will start to put into practice the teachings, advice and commandments of God.

 

People who found satisfaction of spirit by doing good deeds for others received very good and authentic spiritual food. However, God is offering us food in abundance. God is offering for us to be directly connected to His power every day of our life. This does not mean that we should not do those selfless and humanitarian activities as volunteers do. But what he is trying to say is that he wants to offer you all the blessings and good without the need to do anything. He just wants to give his blessing so your spirit can feel good in the first place by having a relationship with him and to receive his protection, security and favor, which goes beyond this life. Of course God wants you to do good and praiseworthy things for the good of others. But firstly, he wants you to start enjoying His blessing in your personal life and for you to establish a relationship with him.

 

It is a blessing from God, to be able to work and to do things such as helping others. As long as you first feel good it is because you are sustained spiritually by God. God gives us the freedom to do things in life, but only when we do them for him. As it says in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”

 

“Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live”

Why did the prophet speak of delicious food? Because it is a very simple way to explain what it means to satisfy a desire and hunger. I do not know what time it is now or how hungry you are, but let us think about a food that we like, of which we would want to eat more of now. How would we feel to be able to eat that? Happy! There is a saying in German that goes “eating makes people happy!” Yes, because it is filling a need, the need that the body has to be fed and the desire to enjoy and savor a good meal. The same is true on a spiritual level. The person who has tasted the spirit of God does not ever want to be without it again because it satisfies in such a powerful way. So even claim that when they receive a good portion of the Spirit of God they sometimes do not feel hungry. The person feels satisfied.

 

Have you ever tried to taste the Spirit of God? It is very easy to do. The first thing you have to do is give your life to him. With humility, believe in Him at his word. Believe that he is God. Believe in Jesus Christ as the Lord whom you follow and obey; believe that he not only wants to guide you during your life but that he will also receive you in his kingdom beyond this life. Begin to taste God, give your life to Him. Begin to participate in the church for His sake. Read the Bible, talk to Him every day and you will be surprised to find something that you may have been looking for daily. You were stressed and tired and the solution was just around the corner, accessible to everyone and it even filled you in a way that you had never imagined was possible.

You have time to make sense of your life, to find out how to satisfy your spiritual emptiness, that void that will not let you live happily. The answer is here in this church and in every church where Christ is preached.

Accept God’s invitation to you today and you will find the change you were looking for: “Why spend money on what is not bread,

and your labor on what does not satisfy?

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,

and you will delight in the richest of fare.

Give ear and come to me;

listen, that you may live”

 

Let us pray:

Lord you offer us an invitation. It is a special invitation, to accept it is the difference between feeling good or bad, between feeling fulfilled or frustrated in life, between feeling full or empty of the soul and between salvation and eternal perdition. Give us the courage to accept it and to be wise and sensible people. In the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

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