Discovering True Life in Jesus
Generation after generation has chased after all that the world has to offer: wealth and possessions, status and power, pleasure and ease. Yet, like King Solomon in the Bible, we all must admit that this type of life, lived for self and apart from God, is meaningless in the end.
“I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” - Ecclesiastes 1:14
LIfe to the full
“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 Christ came into the world to rescue us from lives walking in darkness: seeking more, but never having enough; looking for pleasure, but never satisfied; possessing everything, yet finding ourselves empty, lonely and despairing.
Jesus calls us out of a life of worthless pursuits into a life of service in His kingdom. It’s a life where we walk out the plans and purposes for which God created us: loving God, loving others, and sharing the good news of Jesus. Yes, we must die to ourselves and our own desires, but in so doing, we realize how much they only led to our unhappiness and dissatisfaction.
“Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” - Matthew 10:39
There is no greater joy than sharing the love of Jesus with others.
There is no greater satisfaction than a close communion with the God of the universe!
There is no greater peace and contentment found than when you realize you already have everything you could ever need in Jesus alone.
LIFE’S TRUE ADVENTURE
It’s in following Jesus that we find life’s true adventure.
While Jesus is good, He isn’t safe. Following Him is a wild path where, just like the Apostle Peter, God often calls us to step out of the boat (our comfort zone) onto the waves, trusting in Him not to sink. There may be many times God pushes us beyond what we feel we can handle, but when the extraordinary is done through the ordinary, He is glorified. There may be seasons where we grow tired and weary as life’s burdens weigh heavily on us. Yet, that’s when we see the blessing of being renewed and carried by the Holy Spirit living within us.
It’s also an adventure because, as we follow Jesus, we will see the glory and majesty of God in ways we never could have seen had we stayed safe or comfortable. We have the joy of seeing lost souls redeemed and turned around by God. We are free to live our lives without worry, fear, or shame because we know that there is no condemnation for those in Christ and nothing will ever separate us from His love.
Pack Your Bag
So, don’t waste another day! Grab your family. Pack your bags. Set out walking with Jesus on the life that is truly life!
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 8:31-39