(Red-letter portions of the New Testament)
John 6:63, "The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are Spirit and life."
People search for what will make their life fulfilled. They search for things that are physical to fulfill them. They look for fulfillment in possessions, in professions, from drugs, from sexual experimentation, from dare devil thrills and travelling to see the sights of the world. They try to experience all they can handle in the five senses. But it does not ultimately satisfy, as they experience the flesh wearing out and nothing tastes like it did, regardless of the bucket list.
People try to find fulfillment in achievements in various aspects of life, to be recognized as the best in sports, in business, in the arts. Even those achievements, in the end, do not satisfy. How many trophies can one put in a closet?
People turn to more philanthropic interests to try to fulfill themselves. They think being involved in good works and being recognized for contributions with a civic award will surely bring fulfillment. Seeing their name in memory on a hospital wing can be gratifying to family, but it only makes us eternal until they knock the building down or change the name for a corporate sponsor who paid more money.
Solomon set out to do all he could do under the sun. In the end, he said it was all vanity, chasing after the wind.
Jesus called it. "The flesh counts for nothing." All flesh is like grass. The flower withers and fades away and is gathered and burned in the fire. "The Spirit gives life." The Spirit is eternal. And Jesus' words are Spirit and life.
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. God said..." and life began. The Spirit of God moved. God spoke and there was life. Jesus said, his words are Spirit and life.
Instead of chasing through the physical creation for fulfillment, we should turn to the one who spoke Spirit and life into creation. We find fulfillment in his words, which are Spirit and life. They not only spoke us into life, they offer us the Best Life, that will last forever.
"I come that you might have life and have it to the full." John 10:10