“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” –John 10:10
Jesus gives me life. Lately I’ve been feeling a little lifeless. Here are a couple of things I’m learning along the way. 🙂
First off, Jesus is my life (“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” –Colossians 3:3-4). I tend to get off track because my mentality is “Jesus plus ____ will make me happy & complete.” That’s simply not true. The happinesses (Is that a word? I just made it one.) of life come and go, and even the best things are never perfect because we live in a fallen world. The ONLY one who brings true joy and completeness is Jesus. If I’m happy, I need to press into the Lover of my soul who delights in me (see Zeph. 3:17). If I’m weak, I need to throw myself at the feet of my Refuge and Strength, and watch him shine his strength through my weaknesses (see 2 Cor. 12:9-10). When the hardships of life seem to be drowning me, I can run to my Ruler who comes near to me (see James 4:8). Wherever I’m at physically and emotionally, I can run to Jesus and find completeness and joy.
Practical application idea: When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I’m usually obsessing over myself. I’ve started trying to think about Jesus’s incredible sacrifice for me, or pray and ask God what it was like creating the universe, etc. Because how can I be sad when I realize a little bit more what an incredible sacrifice my Savior Jesus gave for me? And how can I be obsessed over myself when I have direct access to the One who made the stars and “set them in the vault of the sky” (Gen. 1:17)?
The second thing I’m learning is to stop comparing. Man, this one is so hard for me! I get caught up in comparing everything from Instagram followers to time spent with Christ to workout routines! But the truth of the matter is that in Hebrews 12 God says “…the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…” (Heb. 12:1b-2a). The race marked out for us. Fixing our eyes on Jesus. Notice the Word doesn’t say to run the race marked out for him, fixing our eyes on her. God doesn’t look at us in a little column, surrounded by everyone else. He isn’t saying “Why aren’t you more like them?!” He loves US and isn’t worried about comparing our lives to the lives of others, because he’s given each of us different gifts and things to do (see 1 Cor. 12)! So where’s the point of comparing?
Practical application idea: Instead of thinking, “How can I be more like them??” let’s start with thinking, “How can I be more like Jesus?”
You are amazing, “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), and a child of the one true King (see Romans 8). Have a joy-filled Saturday living the life he gave you! 🙂