When you live solely for anything on this earth and fail it, it will punish you. Whether it’s relationships or grades or beauty or career or success: they have a way of demanding your entire attention and enslaving you. One misstep at maintenance can lead to rejection, abandonment, embarrassment, or heartache. When you let them down, they can be unforgivably cruel.
Jesus is the only gracious, kind, compassionate master. When you fail him, he’s forgiven you. When you let him down, he gives you more grace to stand and to move forward. When you pursue him, he satisfies. Everything else is a slave master. Only following Jesus is truly free and truly good.