If you haven’t seen the show, you can probably guess the plot line without much effort, right? A massive virus hits the planet, and there is one guy left…brilliant!
Actually, it was brilliant to let former SNL crew member Will Forte pull off a literal one-man show for the first episode, then watch his talented comedic undertones shine in his interactions with the other last folks on earth in subsequent installments. And I like that the show decided to dispense with the expected gratuitous gore that most post-apocalyptic productions dish out like lasagna at an Italian wedding!
Just the premise of the show begs the question that we have all thought about from time to time:
What if I was the last person on earth? First of all, I’m assuming that I’m not being chased by zombies or weird vampire creatures like Will Smith—so I would have plenty of time to finally drive a Ferrari the way its makers intended! I would also eat all the bacon I could find, since it could all go bad one day—and that would really be the end of the world!
Oh, and for you guys who were told by a female that she wouldn’t go out with you even if you were the last person on earth—now you could try her again to make sure she meant it!
But at the end of the day—and perhaps during each day, I believe I would follow a similar script to Phil Miller. I would leave signs and shoot off fireworks in an attempt to find someone—anyone, so that I wouldn’t face a lifetime of loneliness.
Why? Because deep down—and you know this to be true—we are made for companionship. We are hardwired for relationship, and the thought of journeying through life with no one by our side is one of the most frightening thoughts a human can entertain. Think about it—this is why prisoners are put into solitary confinement for the most severe punishment. This is why we want friends on Facebook, post hundreds of Tweets, and share thousands of snapchats.
But like Phil, many of us are just “driving” from place to place, looking for that right person to fill the hole in our soul. And even when we do find someone—oftentimes we meet someone else that we believe is a better “fit”!
In other words, many of you probably feel like the last person one earth…not physically, but emotionally and relationally.
If that description resonates with your heart, I have great news for you…you don’t need to look any further! You see, your eternal soul was never meant to be satisfied fully with mere temporal human relationships, so the longer you try to accomplish this impossible goal, the worse it will get!
In many ways, the pursuit of contentment through human relationships can be like drinking seawater. We seem surrounded by the very thing that should satiate our parched souls, but in reality it is a deadly substitute that will eventually destroy us.
But here is what one Christ follower named Augustine brilliantly observed: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
You don’t need to scour the planet to find completeness for your heart, because it is only a prayer away! The One who made you knows you better than you know yourself, and He created you to be in a relationship with Him. In fact, He is so in love with you that He chose to take human form and die a terrible death rather than live without you!
Here’s the way the Bible describes this truth:
Now pay attention; I am standing at the door and knocking. If any of you hear My voice and open the door, then I will come in to visit with you and to share a meal at your table, and you will be with Me (Revelation 3:20, The Voice).
My friend, if you feel like the last person on earth, know that Jesus stands at the door of your heart, knocking and yearning to enter into your life and change everything! He is the best friend you could have and the One who will never leave you or forsake you. Your heart will be restless until you find your relational rest in Jesus, so stop running and start listening to the words of love and acceptance from your Savior!
And don’t forget about your friends who are on a futile search for satisfaction apart from Jesus Christ, as well. A huge part of THE Cause Christ has called us to is to bless your friends with the truth that they can find true acceptance and friendship in Jesus. So let’s help them end their lonely journey of feeling like the last people on earth!
Flashpoint: Ignite Into Action
Don’t let your friends continue to feel like the last people on earth! Be bold and confident in sharing the gospel so they can open the door to Jesus and find true and eternal friendship.
Accelerant: Fuel for THE Cause
Pray: Father, thank You for making our hearts restless until we find rest in You. Help us remember that when our hearts wander, You will give us a fresh sense of who You are and how much You love us.
Read: Revelation 3:20 “Now pay attention; I am standing at the door and knocking. If any of you hear My voice and open the door, then I will come in to visit with you and to share a meal at your table, and you will be with Me.”
Get: Salt Relationship YouTube Clip. Check out this free conversation starting video about relationships and use to initiate a gospel conversation with a friend who needs Jesus.
Discussion Guide for Leaders
Want to use this Soul Fuel as a bible study with your students this week? Copy and text them the following: “Are you feeling restless in your heart? It may be searching for companionship. Read more in this week’s devo: http://hubs.ly/y0HBB60“
Big Idea: Our hearts are restless until we find rest in God.
Key Scripture: Revelation 3:20
- What would you do if you were the last person on earth?
- Do you think we are all restless until we find rest in God? Why or why not?
- How has your relationship with Jesus changed your life?
- How can you apply this Soul Fuel to THE Cause?