Beware of serving a fictional Jesus. In many places we have attempted to impose our values and desires onto Jesus rather than pursuing a relationship with the Lord, listening to His will for our lives, and following His commandments. When difficulties and trials abound, a Jesus concocted by our own heart will not shine. The real Jesus will be revealed in power and glory through a people dedicated to His purposes.

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’

Matthew 23:37-39