Looking for Life in all the Wrong Places

By July 14, 2014 faith One Comment

Day 5, Chapter 5

Writing. Coffee. Cupcakes. Mike. Family. Friends. Travel. Purses. Mountains. Books. Chicktionary. Social Media. Running. Socializing. Eating. These are all things that make my heart skip a beat. (Listed in no particular order!) When I have the opportunity, I want to spend time with these people or doing these things or consuming such deliciousness.

As enjoyable as these things are, however, they are not life giving. The enjoyment I get is fleeting. Which is fine, if I am enjoying them properly, without placing too much expectation upon them to give me life and fill up my heart’s empty spots. That’s something only Jesus can do.

In today’s reading, Jesus was speaking to the Jewish leaders who were not convinced He was the Messiah. They thought a meaningful life—and spiritual reward—was found in living a good life and keeping rules and doing things in the socially acceptable way. What Jesus said to them was a reminder to me:

“You refuse to come to me that you may have life.” (John 5:40, ESV)

I am like the Jewish leaders when I refuse to turn to Jesus for life, and I look for life in other people, places, and things. As I remember throughout my day today, I’m going to turn my heart and mind to Jesus for the life that only comes from Him.

What is God teaching you in today’s virtual study? Share in the comments or via social media (tag me!).

If you missed Days 1–5, no worries! Start with us tomorrow for Day 6, Chapter 6. All are welcome!

 

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