In Ecclesiastes Solomon says that God has placed eternity in the hearts of men (Chapter 3). There is a chasm in our hearts from the day we are born that leaves us grasping for anything to fulfill that abyss. Since our soul yearns and groans for something greater and this seems to be an insatiable desire leaving us perpetually eating cotton candy when what we need is a Thanksgiving Dinner. More so, it is like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound.
So we create our idols as band-aids.
Whether it is school, going to church, friendships, girlfriend/boyfriend, rugged individualism, religion, food, drink, football, we create idols of even good things. We make them ultimate. Our affections are stirred for created things which never fulfill. However, our soul longs for more. It needs to have something tangible to hold on to. Our soul must be filled somehow. The only thing that fills this chasm in our soul is the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Jesus, the great surgeon, comes alongside us and instead of watching us drown in our own blood from our self-inflicted gunshot wound, gets to work with us on the operating table. He removes the joke of our attempt to stop the bleeding. He winces with us because he understands. Throwing the band-aid away he begins cutting. Cutting away the dead skin, removing the bullet, sewing us back up so that we can be whole again. It hurts, but think of the future when we can run, play, laugh, eat, talk without having to worry about the whole in our chest. “I know it hurts. Trust me I know. But this pain cannot be compared to the joy to be had in being made whole.”
He is the only one able to aptly fix our wounds. Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies, became like us but did not lose His divinity, never sinned, He takes our sin, He gives us His righteousness, all by way of the Cross and His resurrection.
This is the Gospel.
Our deep affections, instead of pointing towards anything and everything else, are to be stirred, are to be moved, towards the work and person of Jesus Christ. He is the ONLY being for which our deepest affections deserve to lie.
So turn your affections back towards Jesus. Turn them back towards the Christ. Turn them back towards the God that, because of His goodness, demands them. When our affections point rightly in the direction of the Gospel. When we keep the person and work of Jesus at the center of our vision. When we fight sin (through the power of the Spirit), we can draw nearer and press into Christ.
It is in Christ, in the Gospel, that we find not only true joy but more importantly something greater than the endless vain pursuits. We find true redemption.