What is the secret to living the Christian life? Is it about trying harder, being more committed, or becoming more disciplined? None of those things will lead to the life that Jesus promised us — a life of genuine freedom, holiness, and joy. That life can only be found by learning to abide in Jesus.
Sooner or later, everyone will wrestle with disappointment with God. But how you handle that disappointment can be the make or break of your relationship with Him. With the story of Lazarus, Martha and Mary overcome their profound disappointment and choose to trust Jesus, paving the way for one of the most dramatic miracles in the Bible.
There are many doors that we can walk through to try and get to God, but only one will actually lead to him, all others lead to destruction.
Jesus used the relationship between a shepherd and his sheep to illustrate His relationship with His followers. Jesus highlighted the shepherd’s deep connection with his flock and his willingness to sacrifice himself for their wellbeing as an everyday illustration of His love and willingness to sacrifice Himself on the cross.
Everyone’s got a spiritual hunger. Everybody. The question everyone is confronted with is how you are going to fill that spiritual hunger? Because the great danger that all of us face is that we will spend our lives chasing after things we think will satisfy that spiritual hunger, but are ultimately empty. Jesus proclaimed that He is the bread of life, because He alone can meet the deepest longings of our hearts.