“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain into life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:2-4
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!” Psalm 150:6
My ex-husband and I have a more beautiful godly relationship today than lots of married people do which is a result solely of the Lord’s grace and glory as only He could have taken two people as broken as we were who treated each other in marriage as abominably as we did and bring such godly love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, trust, and peace between us. This is why my ex-husband had no trouble telling me one day how much he needs his oxygen at home now. We can tell each other anything. Even the hard stuff. And the deeply personal matters. He actually needs his oxygen outside the house now also, but he still doesn’t like using it in public.
“I need to stay close to my oxygen,” he told me.
“And you need to say close to your Jesus,” I replied.
We all need to stay close to our Jesus, don’t we? We need Jesus, in fact, more than a man who needs oxygen needs his oxygen. For Jesus is Lord of all, our only hope for everlasting life, and the Creator and giver of everything good and all that is necessary.
“It’s life,” my ex-husband said after I made my comment about Jesus and told him I might write a devotional about what we were discussing. “I can’t live without it,” he essentially said. Was he talking about oxygen – or Jesus? For all of us, it’s about Jesus, isn’t it? Yes!
We can’t live without Jesus, can we? Oh, sure, we can try to get by without Him. But that’s like my ex-husband going out without his oxygen. He is low energy, sick, exhausted, can barely breathe, can hardly walk, can almost not function, can’t make it any distance, says breathing with his medical issues is like trying to suck air through a straw, and he will ultimately collapse and die if he goes long enough without the oxygen he needs to breathe.
That’s how some of us do life, don’t you think? We turn our backs on Jesus and try to get by without Him. We don’t make it very far. And, at the end of the day, if we don’t turn from our sins and believe in Him as Lord, and that He died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, fully devoting our lives to Him, we will die and end up in hell and the lake of fire forever apart from God. That’s not life without oxygen. It’s life without Jesus.
Those who need oxygen need to keep it with them, depend on it, use it, keep it close at all times, and should be thankful for it. Not everyone needs oxygen, but we all need Jesus – the only way to God’s forgiveness and a forever relationship with God and the only way to an abundant purposeful positive beautiful godly life on this earth.
Got Jesus? Are you staying close to Him at all times? Now’s the time. Give your life utterly to Him. The one who gives you your every breath. The only one who can give you eternity with Himself. And don’t walk at a distance from Him. Don’t keep Him far away. Don’t keep Him at a distance. Don’t stray from Him. Walk with Jesus. In close intimate glorious fellowship with God and the Bible. With His Spirit living inside you as He lives inside all Christ followers and His Spirit leading you forth. Stay close to Him like your very life and forever depend on it. Because that’s the truth!