If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. (Jesus)
Seek first God’s Kingdom and his righteousness (Jesus)
Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Jesus)
If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. (Jesus)
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other (Jesus)
The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life (Jesus)
This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him. (God)
I thank you, O Father, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to little children. (Jesus)

The Way Things Ought to Be

Introduction

We all have a built-in sense of the way things ought to be (TWTOTB). Everyone ought to have a roof over their head, we ought to be able to feed everyone, we ought not go to war, we ought to treat each other with respect and kindness, etc.

In the deepest part of our being, we yearn for a world where selfishness, greed, ambition, control, domination and a whole host of other me-centered desires are so out of place that they are simply not tolerated. This “dream” world is a world where “do to others what you would like them do to you” is not a lofty platitude, but a reality. In this ought-to-be world everyone has enough to eat, has a roof over their head and has clothing to wear. Those who have plenty share with those who lack the basic necessities. No one is alone, everyone is loved. There is no sickness, pain or death. It is a world of satisfaction, of joy and of everlasting life. We all have this innate longing built into us. It is the way things ought to be.

This Isn’t The Way Things Ought to Be

Clearly, we do not currently live in such a world. The world in which we live is characterized by sickness, pain and death. Our predominant tendencies are me-centered; looking out for number one. Deep down, we know we shouldn’t behave like that but we can’t seem to help it.

The Imprint of the Creator

This sense of “ought to be” is nothing less than the imprint of our Creator. We were created to live in a much better world than the one we currently inhabit. This urge is constantly tugging at our conscience telling us that there is something better than what we are experiencing. It is a spiritual thirst that can only be satisfied by spiritual water. Our Creator placed this yearning in us to motivate us to prepare for eternity.

The most important thing we will ever do, in this brief life span, is to acknowledge this divine imprint and to respond to it.

Seeking Answers

If we have acknowledged the Creator then we should seek to understand Him and to live according to the way He made us.

We should also acknowledge that we are unable to understand the Creator without His help. We must seek His revelation for help.

Where do we find the Creator’s revelation? There are many religions that claim to have the answers. Each one has its own written version of “Here is what God has revealed”. These written versions are typically referred to as “the Word of God”.

The article The Word of God delves more deeply into this topic.

Do Something

If you have come to believe in a Creator, please don’t stop there. Believing in God is not enough. Take action and seek Him out. This is the most important task you can undertake in this brief life that you have been given.

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