What Do You Need?
After Jesus returned, he walked along Lake Galilee and then climbed a mountain and took his place, ready to receive visitors. They came, tons of them, bringing along the paraplegic, the blind, the maimed, the mute—all sorts of people in need—and more or less threw them down at Jesus’ feet to see what he would do with them. He healed them. (Matthew 15:29-30)
People in need are drawn to Jesus and when they come to him, he heals them. What a beautiful truth! The problem is most of us have a very hard time admitting we are needy and when we do recognize we have a need, we tend to do everything possible to meet that need in our own strength. Our society tends to reward and admire human strength and self sufficiency. Often, it is only when we have exhausted our own strength and abilities that we cry out to Jesus for help.
These visitors who came to Jesus brought people who had obvious physical needs. In reality, we are all just as dependent on Christ to be made whole. We may not all have obvious physical needs, but we all have desperate heart and soul needs. So often, we are tempted to see our needs as weaknesses. We remain truly weak when we insist on doing things in our own strength. We have an all-powerful God who is waiting to help and heal our needs. We are made strong when we draw near to Him and depend on His strength to meet our needs.
Ask God to open your eyes to see your true needs. He is ready to receive you, your seemingly small needs, your overwhelmingly large needs and everything in between. Throw them down at His feet and see what He will do with them!
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