Monday, August 8, 2011

Daily devotional: Life is in Jesus

Scripture
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 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 10:9-10 NIV

Observation
Rather than looking to Jesus for salvation and life, we can easily settle for things that are but a poor imitation of life to the fullest. E.g., financial wealth that gives us "independence," jobs that give us money and power and recognition, homes and cars and gadgets that promise fulfillment, entertainment that promises happiness.

Application
Don't be as God described the Israelites in Jeremiah 2:13, "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water." Don't look anywhere else for life and fulfillment. Come to God through Jesus, the spring of living water. Don't settle for any imitation.

Prayer
Lord, lead me to You. Speak to me. Help me to see Your face and know You ever more intimately. Let me never settle for an imitation. I want to take hold of the life that is in You, to be Your sheep under Your shepherding.

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