How to never be hungry again

Dear friends in Fallbrook,

What do you need?

Do you need some time off? Extra cash? Help in a crisis? Fulfillment at work? Satisfaction as a parent?

What do you need?

Just reading that question might make you anxious. If so, I apologize for adding to your anxiety, but I believe there are some important things to say about our needs.

First of all, we have to recognize that our needs are real. Needs are not some illusion we have to transcend, nor is desire some evil to be quenched religious practice. Each human being has genuine needs for a healthy body. Each human being has genuine needs for a healthy soul. We are right to desire something to meet those needs. Where we go wrong is what we use to fill those needs.

Take our diets for example. As I write today it’s almost lunchtime—I’m hungry. I’m tempted to eat the rest of that bag of chips leftover from our picnic last weekend. While those chips will satisfy my growling stomach, they’re not really the best choice for my health. I can satisfy my need, but I often do so in a way that could actually harm me over the long run.

We were born with a deeper hunger, one that all the stuff and success in the world just cannot satisfy.

The same is true for our souls. Every human soul is filled with a longing for the satisfaction that God created us to enjoy. While most of us have more than we can fit into our cupboards, closets, and garages, we still feel completely unfulfilled much of the time. Why is that? It’s evidence that we were born with a deeper hunger, one that all the stuff and success in the world just cannot satisfy. We’re always hungry for more. So we always go looking for more. And there’s no end in sight.

The truth is, there’s only one path that actually satisfy the longing in our soul.

When Jesus of Nazareth called himself the “Bread of Life,” he made the bold claim that he alone can fulfill humanity’s deepest longings. At St. Stephen Lutheran we’ll be examining Jesus’ claims over the next several weeks in worship. Together we’ll see how Jesus, the Bread of Life, shows us what we’re really hungering for—and where we can find it.

If you think this sounds cliché, then I’d challenge you to come hear the case for Jesus’ ability to satisfy our deepest hunger. I’m convinced that it’s true, and our teaching at St. Stephen Lutheran will cover this topic starting on Sunday, July 17. You may discover that anxiety is not necessary. You may discover that your soul can indeed be satisfied. You may never be hungry again.

We worship on Sunday mornings at 9:30am. All guests and visitors are welcome. Come as you are. I hope to see you there.

Serving in Christ,

Pastor Bassett