God only knows why He put so many of this world’s most precious commodities in such hard-to-get-at places. If it was to test our wills—to see to what lengths we would be willing to go and what price we would be willing to pay to get to them—it worked.
Whether probing for oil beneath the deserts of the Middle East or within the Arctic Circle, or plunging into the subterranean dark and cold to mine for gold, diamonds, and other precious metals and gems, the most determined of us brave some of the world’s harshest conditions and risk life and limb to get to the source and strike it rich.
But what then? Worldly riches don’t last, nor do they provide lasting happiness. “What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?”1 Jesus asked.
Fortunately for us, God put the very most valuable thing in life—the one thing that can truly satisfy and last for eternity—within reach of everyone. I’m referring to His love, of course.
One of the best-known and most-loved Bible verses describes God’s love: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”2 His greatest desire is for us to join Him in His eternal home, heaven, and He made the way possible by paying the price for our sins. God is the essence of love itself3—the wellspring from which love in all of its other forms flows.
If you haven’t yet learned how to tap into God’s unending reservoir of love, this issue of Activated could change your life!