More of Jesus
I cried silently thinking about all the things I didn't like about my character. I wondered, “How can I be more patient and less self-centered? How can I be more responsible? How do I manage my time better with school, the Army, family, and ministry? Oh, and could someone please give me the recipe for self-control?”
I was telling God the other day, “Lord, I want to be more like David because the Bible says he was a man after your own heart. I want to be more like Jeremiah because he spoke your word boldly, even though the Israelites wanted to kill him for it.” Suddenly, a thought came to my mind. In that very moment, I just thought, "I need more of Jesus!" Have you felt this way before?
You know, Jesus also faced difficult circumstances. He obeyed the Father when He was instructed to go to the cross and give His life for humanity, knowing He would be loved by some but rejected by others. He felt anger when He entered the temple and found people using it as a marketplace. He experienced the harsh criticism of religious leaders. He was betrayed and denied by His own friends. Essentially, He experienced the victories of serving the Father and the disappointments of this troubled world.
Despite the struggles and unwanted circumstances, Jesus lived on earth and endured His mission until the end. He is our living hope! If we want our character to improve, we should seek to be more like Jesus. That’s why it’s so important to stay close to Him through prayer, Scripture, and community. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
In this troubled world, I’m glad Jesus grants peace, rest, and comfort. I’ve learned that He is the source of every blessing in my life. Therefore, if I have Him, I have more than enough. Jesus has always been and will always be sufficient.