Have you ever met a person who was full of joy, peace, and contentment? A person that the more you got to know them the more you noticed there was something about them that you just couldn’t put your finger on? A good something. A something you admired and wanted to emulate, but just couldn’t figure it out?
After years of investigating this mystery “something,” I finally figured it out. Every person I met who exhibited these traits and had this particular attitude towards life were people who had been hit by Jesus.
Reading Bob Goff’s book, “Love Does,” I loved the illustration he used to explain this idea. He described how he had been in a collision and how his Jeep was different after the collision.
In terms of his relationship with Jesus, Goff explained that he wanted to be like his Jeep. That once you are “hit” by Jesus, your life is turned upside down, you steer different, and you begin to leak.
You steer differently. The choices you make, the people you spend your time with, how you respond to situations all start to slowly veer in a different direction.
For me, I didn’t even realize I was doing anything differently, I was still being “me.” I started to look at situations and say, “wow if this was a few years ago I would have over reacted, hurt someone’s feeling, or made a bad choice.”
Once I started to see this pattern I realized that the one variable that had changed in the equation was my growing relationship with Jesus. I started to wonder if I have also been leaking Jesus without realizing it as well.
You begin to leak. Is it possible that one mystery “something” I admire about people full of joy and contentment is the fact that they are not just peaceful and happy, but that they are actually leaking Jesus?
Personally, I’m not sure that I leak Jesus like those that I look up to, but I know I want to. I want to be the person in the room that “has something about them” that sparks the same interest I have had in others. I truly believe that as you “leak” Jesus, He is working through you to make an impact on other lives even if there isn’t direct communication or mention of Jesus specifically.
You might not feel like you have been hit by Jesus or leak Jesus, I still feel like that sometimes too. I don’t have a step by step guide on how to make it all work out, but I can offer a few tips.
Read and Study the Bible
Sourrond yourself with “leaky” people
Read “Christian Life” books like Bob Goff’s “Love Does” and Judah Smith’s “Life Is.”
Connect and get involved at your local church.