May 18, 2022
While I certainly appreciate the exhortation in the above verses, I never think of the bad things that will happen if I turn my back on Jesus. It is far greater, in my mind, to simply live in trust and joy in all that He has done for us – all the promises He has kept and will keep in time to come. I don’t need the whip to appreciate the carrot, so to speak
In Jesus are all the answers, all the promises, all that the Father gives us. Who could turn their back on joy unspeakable? Who walks away from the greatest love, the greatest friendship? There is more in Him than anything outside of Him – if there’s a full cup (Jesus) and an empty cup (the world), which one is going to be chosen?
I understand there are repercussions to not accepting Jesus but those things aren’t what drew me to Him; I can’t be bothered with them. What concerns me is finding ways to be pleasing in His sight, to walk my life as closely as I can to how He walked His life on earth. How do I amend my life so that when people look at me, it’s not me they see but Jesus reflected from my way of being. It’s tough task and requires constant work but I’ll take it.