Better Living with Jesus

Better Living with Jesus

You all know how much I love a good, thought-provoking quote, right? I’ve been tweeting them for a decade now. The quote that got me thinking today comes from Corky Calhoun: “How crushing must it be for the Shepherd to pour living water, only to then watch the sheep just sip?”

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21, NIV,*)

Do you just sip on living water? Half-interested, half-bored. Partly in, partly doing your own thing? Or do you guzzle as much living water as you can? Are you all in and ready for more? I think that’s how we are supposed to live our lives with Jesus. Also, that’s the way for better living. Whenever we live in the half-way land we miss out. And, worst of all, we might not even know it.

So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust]. (Rev. 3:16, AMP,*)

Better living with Jesus

We all want better lives, right? That’s the goal of all the New Year resolutions as well. The beginning of a new year is full of hope and big plans. In two weeks time, most of our plans come crashing down and we feel even worse than before. Self-help does not work but God-help does. Devouring living water leads to better living. Because living water is Jesus.

But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty. (John 4:14, AMP,*)

When we live with Jesus, everything is better. It might sound too good to be true but it is true in my experience. Whenever I invite Jesus in the midst of anything, it gets better. Things sort out, love is found, coincidences happen, peace abounds.

So now I try not to do anything without Jesus. Because I can’t but Jesus can. That’s why I don’t try to change myself anymore, instead, I guzzle more living water and Jesus changes me. Try it. It’s the recipe for better living. Be all in, no more any of this lukewarm business. When it comes to living water, the more the better.

Gracious God,
Thank you for giving us Living Water.
Pour out more and more of it.
We need it, we want it, we appreciate it.
We’re ready for better living, Lord
Show us how to truly live well.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What about you? Do you sip or guzzle living water?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace better living with Jesus!

*[As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

Linking up today with Dance with JesusFive-minute FridayWorth Beyond Rubies.

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