The other day my wife and I were out shopping when she said to me, “Ha,ha, did you see that?”
Me: “No, what?”
Her: “That little girl over there just gave her mom the sweetest, biggest kiss…”
Her: “…and then asked her mother if she would buy her something!”
If you’re a parent you’ve been there, right? And most of the time we say ‘NO.’ But once in a while that cuteness gets to us and we give in. We cave.
This incident got me thinking immediately. Isn’t this how we often approach Jesus when we need him to intervene in our life? Especially when we are the reason things are the way they are. If we’re really honest, we know this isn’t how Jesus works. But for some reason, we make him promises and try harder and harder to live ‘perfect’ lives so that he might be more apt to do us a favor.
Here’s the thing.
Yes, Jesus wants you and I to live holy lives….but mostly because he knows that’s the only way we can really be happy, healthy, and safe in this life. We’re his kids, and he wants to bless us and give us gifts more than our earthly parents want to.
Like earthly parents, however, Jesus can see right through us when we are kissing up. So just do your best at living for him and come to him as you are. Do it today…right now. Just admit to him the areas you need to work on, and then tell him where you need help. By the way, we need his help in a BIG WAY in EVERY PART of our lives. So, rely on him in every portion of your life instead of just the difficult or empty parts. If you do this I’ll bet you will notice a huge difference in how you see your life today and where it is headed tomorrow.
So don’t kiss up to Jesus…give up to Jesus!
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