SOURCE: John Eldredge
Jesus Is Our Life
We need Jesus like we need oxygen. Like we need water. Like the branch needs the vine.
Jesus is not merely a figure for devotions. He is the missing essence of your existence. Whether we know it or not, we are desperate for Jesus.
To have his life, joy, love, and presence cannot be compared. To know him as he is, is to come home. A true knowledge of Jesus is our greatest need and our greatest happiness.
The purpose of your being here on this planet, at this moment in time, comes down to three things:
1. To love Jesus with all that is within you. This is the first and greatest command. Everything else flows from here.
2. To share your daily life with him; to let him be himself with you. On the beach, at supper, along the road—just as the disciples did.
3. To allow his life to fill yours, to heal and express itself through yours. There is no other way you can hope to live as he did and show him to others.
Love Jesus. Let him be himself with you. Allow his life to permeate yours. The fruit of this will be . . . breathtaking.
(Beautiful Outlaw, 161-162)