I need a daily intervention for this reality: choosing Jesus means you live entirely for Someone else.
Choosing Jesus changes the game from “you’re the best, you can do this!” to “God is the best. You can’t, but He can.”
Choosing Jesus replaces self-promoting tendencies with God-exalting habits.
Choosing Jesus fills you with durable hope, compassion, and generosity that you wouldn’t otherwise have.
Choosing Jesus gives a posture of upward and outward affections, in contrast to the life-imploding desires we have without His rescuing.
Choosing Jesus challenges you not to settle for immediate gratification and worldly successes, but aim for the smile of Heaven.
Choosing Jesus means that your passion, beauty, confidence, and purpose in this life is grounded in Someone else.
Have you experienced these fruits of choosing Jesus?
I certainly have, but they didn’t start blooming until I honestly found, and decided, that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are better than every single joy, ability, decision, achievement, relationship, skill, and activity.
Having an active relationship with God deepens everything, but what it has done for me most is shift my heart, soul, and mind’s energy from myself to an open-handed, joyful, adventurous journey towards Him.
And something incredible, He knew I would be terminally imperfect at living this way, but He loved so dearly He sent Jesus to die in my place, bearing all of my sin, my lack, my imperfection. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, because of Almighty God’s perfect plan, nothing separates us. Not my weak ways of loving Him, not the sinful choices I willfully and unintentionally make, not my inescapable humanness.
Choosing this Jesus in our daily life — this Creator, Sustainer, and King — is what gives eternal color to everything we do.