You MATTER. If you ever doubt that, stop and consider the endless sources of stimuli that vie for your attention as a consumer. You are being screamed at through messages over the radio, on television, in your mail, on the Internet, in pamphlets, on billboards, and through countless other advertising paraphernalia. Each competes for YOUR attention… telling you just what it is that you "need."

In the midst of this message bombardment, subtly or not-so subtly, we gain an impression about what's important in life. For right or for wrong, we begin thinking about issues in a particular way. We are persuaded to put our money toward certain products. We begin pursing a lifestyle that seeks to fulfill all of the so-called needs we are told we have.

But how much of what we chase after is actually satisfying? And where is Jesus Christ in the midst of our pursuits? Does He have anything to do with your needs as a person living in the twenty-first century?

These are legitimate questions, worthy of an answer. I hope you will come to recognize the clear difference between your God-given inner desires and the false promises made by the world.

Jesus also promises to give direction in whatever situation we find ourselves. (John 14:26) The infinite God who created the universe is certainly creative and wise enough to deal with our current needs. Jesus made a profound statement on the relevancy and authority of His Word when He claimed, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away" (Mark 13:31). He also claimed in Hebrews 13:5, "I will never leave you or forsake you."

Will you come to Jesus now, admitting you are empty-handed, to begin getting your deepest needs met?