“. . . all you who are weary and burdened . . . ” Matthew 11.28
Part of the reason why it is difficult for us to admit a need is that it can be seen as a sign of weakness. If we are really spiritual, if God is really with us, then we feel we should never be sick or lack anything in our lives. Certainly we like to come across that way.
However, Jesus never condemned those who had needs. He had profound compassion on each of them and it was those people who admitted their needs to him who had the most stunning experiences of his love and grace. They experienced his touch, and his powerful grace flowed through them.
If we sense that we are in need, the wonderful news is that Jesus says, “Come” and not, “Go away.” We can be so quick to tell ourselves that he is not interested in us or that there are others whose needs are much greater than ours, but Jesus says to everyone who sees themselves as laden or burdened, “Come.”
Take a moment to assure yourself of the truth that God loves you so much he gave Jesus for you, then spend a few minutes in his presence and share your needs with him. He cares about you because you matter to him.
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