Everyone wants a better life. In 2010 Americans spent $14 billion in the self-help industry. We try weight loss programs, self help books, personal coaches and even stress management programs. Every infomercial we turn on, every commercial we watch and every ad we see is just another marketing tool that promises us some sort of false hope to a better life.
But nothing seems to work…..Debt is at an all time high. Depression is at an all time high. Loneliness is at an all time high. Violence and Sex Trafficking are at an all time high. This year Americans will spend more money on anti-depressant medications and in the porn industry than revenue generated in the NFL, NBA and MLB combined. Everywhere we look to find life, it seems to only suck the life out of us. Our Jobs typically stress us out. There seems to never be enough money. Sex doesn't give what it promises to give. Marriages and relationships seem to be up one day and down the next.
What is the answer?
There is one main reason why the apostle John wrote his gospel. John 20:30-31
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
This text clearly states that true life, abundant life, a blessed life, a joyful life can only be found through belief in Jesus Christ. Its a pretty bold statement, but all the evidence points to it being true. And, if life is found in Jesus alone, than trying to find life in anything other than Jesus leads to death.