Greeting, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to
explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly
Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This
morning we will ponder our lives as we seek to understand what it means to search for supreme
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Search for Supreme Values
And Jesus said: "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him
that sent me." John, Chapter 6, Verse 38.
Brothers and sisters, the search for supreme values is an endless one. No amount of time or space
can exhaust the potential of supreme values. Always will there be more, for the quest for supreme
values is the search for God, and the search for God is endless. Not even eternity can exhaust the
search for God, for God is the source of eternity.
We run into many barriers in our pursuit of material goals. There are many barriers that bar our way
to the attainment of intellectual goals. There are no barriers to attaining spiritual goals except our
supreme desire, since it is the will of the Father that these spiritual goals be attained. Whatever the
true son desires, and the Father wills, is.
On a physical level we may desire to become a great athlete. He may desire to become a great runner
or he may desire to become a great singer, but he may be crippled or he may not have a talent for
singing. A person may be blind or deaf, and thus certain opportunities may be closed to him from
the start. These are real physical limitations which no amount of time in our lives can overcome.
Sometimes we may become discouraged and sorrowful over these physical limitations. This is true
because the material self is subject to material laws. And being material beings, we are bound by
On the intellectual level, we may desire to accomplish great intellectual feats. We may wish to make
great scientific discoveries or create artistic master pieces. But no matter how hard we try, we may
find that there are barriers over which we may not pass, and we will have to adjust to our intellectual
When we stop to think about why it is that we desire to achieve some physical or intellectual goal,
it is almost always because these goals have some meaning and some value that brings us pleasure
and satisfaction. But the supreme pursuit of material and intellectual meanings and values can only
bring about disappointment and sorrow as we realize there are fixed barriers and obstacles to our
physical and intellectual achievements.
But the pursuit of the supreme spiritual goals, the supreme meaning, and the supreme value
overcome all obstacles and barriers. Absolutely nothing can prevent us from pursuing the supreme
spiritual goal, God. Nothing can prevent us from becoming like Jesus except us. In other areas of our
lives, we may very well be dependent upon others to achieve some temporal goal. They may frustrate
our efforts, even defeat us, but not so in the spiritual realm. No one can prevent us from loving,
divinely, for as long as our purpose is true, the Father of love will continue to flow through us. And
there will always be someone to love, if not this one, then that one.
No one can prevent us from being divinely patient except us. And who can prevent you from being
merciful and forgiving? And while you we may not be able to overcome the physical for the sake of
the physical, or overcome the intellectual for the sake of the intellectual, the pursuit of the spiritual
will overcome all physical and intellectual barriers that may stand in the way of obeying the Father's
eternal command: "Be you perfect even as your Father in heaven is perfect."
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the search for supreme values. We
hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day. Until
next time, this is Dr. James Perry.