Why working harder doesn't make you happier
From John: A 21-Day Devotional
Jesus compares Himself to a good shepherd who feeds and cares for His sheep. Tired of Jesus’ metaphors, religious leaders corner Jesus at the temple and ask Him directly: Are you the Christ?
How can we live abundant lives? We all want that, don’t we? But we can’t answer how until we focus on the more important question: What — or who — is the source of abundant life?
Jesus says in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” Chasing anything other than Jesus will steal what God has blessed you with, kill your dreams, and destroy your purpose in life. Only Jesus can restore the blessings that have been stolen, bring life to dreams that have died, and give our lives purpose. Possessions come and go, as does the enjoyment they bring. The only way to experience joy that never leaves is to have something that cannot fail. An abundant life comes from Jesus, who never fails.
“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture” (John 10:9).
When a reporter asked John D. Rockefeller how much money was enough to make him happy, the millionaire replied, “Just one dollar more.” Nothing on Earth is ever going to satisfy us. But if you ask anyone who has made Jesus the Lord of their life, they will tell you that they are blessed beyond anything they could have ever asked or imagined. A life apart from Jesus will always leave you lacking, but a life centered on Jesus is full of abundance.
• What can you learn about Jesus from this chapter?
• What do you strive for in life? How does what you strive for differ from what Jesus strived for?
• What are some common traps that keep us from living the full life Jesus promised?