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5 Benefits of Jesus in My Life

Self | Attie Murphy | 9 mins

What do you think when you hear the name "Jesus?" Maybe you're wondering how your life would change if you became a Christian, or perhaps you're a believer facing struggles and need a reminder of the real difference God makes. It's a crazy time to be alive, and I know how confusing each day can be. There are times when my faith wavers, but the reality of Jesus is the one constant when the little things fall apart. I can't convince myself of any other belief because I see proof of Him in all I do. When the going gets rough, nothing overcomes the benefits of Jesus in my life.

Jesus lifts the weight off my shoulders.

What do you do with all those things that nag on your mind every single day? Sometimes I just need a break, and some things I know I can’t solve. Whether it's anxiety for my future or shame from my past, Jesus sees it and holds it and still loves me. Trusting in Him doesn't make those things disappear, but He gives me rest and hope. I know that in the worst-case scenario, He will have a plan even when I don't. In the heat of pressure or terrible circumstances, I can ask Him for strength and look to His Word for peace. I can confidently take accountability for my actions because I trust that God will always hold my future. Anything I've done doesn't have to define who I am because I know each day is a fresh start, thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:7

My relationships have more meaning.

I am constantly learning the meaning of relationships. In the moment, it can feel like my relationships are about how they serve my life. Or I'll go the other way and think it's all about how I can do great things for others and feel good about myself in the process. The Bible says it's so much more than that. Our relationships should reflect God's nature and His mission for us. Whether with family or a casual acquaintance, every human connection is meant for sharing God's love. That requires selflessness that isn't for show. That requires giving and receiving. Through Jesus, I've learned that I shouldn't focus on getting my way or giving anyone else theirs. Instead, I need to listen, care, and speak with grace and truth. Sometimes I'll help someone with my strengths, and sometimes the best thing I can do is learn from the experience of others. The rhythm should lead toward God's eternal purpose, not personal satisfaction or validation. It's all easier said than done, but Jesus gives me a reason to keep evaluating my intentions, and His life shows me real examples of how to love and lead. 

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." - 1 John 4:7

I have a guide to a healthy lifestyle.

The world offers us a bounty of pathways that all claim to reap health and happiness. Depending on where I look for data, I may read that marriage is useless or that I need to become a housewife right now. I may read an article that says to ditch my job to sell art on the beach, and then have someone tell me my work is my worth. The Bible doesn't explicitly address every scenario I face, but it does give me wisdom that applies to every area of my life. The more I study Scripture, the more I can honestly say that the values of the Bible make practical sense, not just "because God says so." Even when I don't understand the "why," I trust God instead of wading through a sea of subjective truths. Whenever a new question arises in my life, I research the options and compare them to the objective truth of the Bible. When God's way isn’t comfortable, I can still see how it produces health and growth that no other way can.

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." - 2 Timothy 3:16

I have a purpose greater than myself.

There are days when I would have no motivation if I counted only on my own goals. My passions have changed through the years, the world has changed, and sometimes it looks like there's more reason to fear than to hope. My greatest aspirations seem so forgettable when I take Jesus out of the equation. What will it matter if I share my thoughts with a small percentage of the world? What if I'm wrong and my work is in vain? Should I just enjoy my life, my way, until I get bored? Why does it matter what I do for others if we'll be dead before too long? I've had all these questions before, but Jesus reminds me I'm here for a reason; I'm not just a drop in the universe. I don't need to achieve power or perfection to leave a legacy because the legacy is not mine. Witnessing Jesus to others will make a difference in their earthly and everlasting lives. I'm part of something that brings people together and heals all kinds of brokenness. I see good even in my darkest feelings and memories because I know God can use it all to touch the world. I have a unique path in a calling that His Kingdom shares.

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:14-16

I will always have love. 

If everyone in the world hated me, I wouldn't be alone. That doesn’t always comfort my human heart because I can't directly see or hear God, but it's a fact that changes everything. It's the reason I want to love people who don't love me. It's the reason I don't have to worry about "deserving" love because Jesus already died for me. I never have to question what love means, because Jesus gave the perfect example. Even when I'm unsure how to love God, He loves me. Nothing will ever diminish or overpower His love. Of all the benefits of Jesus in my life, this one impacts me the most. It's genuinely amazing to think that I couldn't get God to stop loving me if I wanted to. My Creator made me in His image, and no one else can tell me my value. All of God's children are equal yet individual. We are all treasured by Him, all the time. When I fall down, I will get back up because I know my life is worth more than I can ever imagine.

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38-39


Written By

Attie Murphy

An avid writer since the age of 5, who loves to explore new ideas and places. Inspired by Jesus, books, and travel.

Published on Sep 8, 2022