I ask this question because I’ve recently been challenged by what I see around me. I’ve been having chats with various people over the last few weeks and months, and the subject of life has come up. Everyone is talking about LIFE. But the thing is, no one has anything good to say about it!
It’s depressing isn’t it? If you look on the news, talk to your family, or friends, or work colleagues, people standing at the bus stop, they all have good stories that are tainted by bad news about life.
I was in a room with a man who was fed up of life. He had had enough. He talked about suicide. He hated the bad things going on in the world. He was tired of coping with the burden of life. Yet ironically, he wanted life!
When Jesus came to this world, he was perfectly aware even then that people were fed up of life. It’s burdens. It’s troubles. It’s slog. The reason for this is because of that religious word called sin. In other words, due to our rebellion against God, making the absolute point of living our own ways, doing our own things, loving ourselves, our image, our status, material possessions, and being completely consumed by just having fun and ‘surviving’ this world, we have forgotten the all loving sacrifice of Jesus in order that we can have true happiness in life. The Bible’s word for such actions is sin.
Now, Jesus came into the world to put our relationship right with him. Kind of like when a child messes up badly, and the dad has to go and sort the mess out, that’s what Jesus did. We messed up, but our daddy, Jesus, sorted it out for us. He died on a cross. He suffered a cruel cruel punishment that we deserve, and then he was raised to life again to show the world that there is everlasting life available for those who want it. Christianity is all about this: having life by believing in the sacrifice of Jesus, and asking forgiveness of that ‘sin’ that I mentioned a minute ago.
The title for this post comes from the Bible. In fact, it’s about what Jesus says about life. In the book of John, chapter 10 and verse 10, Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.“
A few points about this very to-the-point statement.
The guy I mentioned earlier said, when I was with him, all alone in the room, without anyone else around, “But Dean, I’m tired, and I’m weary and the world is on my shoulders!”
Jesus has an answer for that: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.“
I just pray that someone will take this message, and just pray a prayer asking Jesus into his/her life. Its a very simple thing to do- just be yourself. Prayer doesn’t require a technique. Come before Jesus and lay your life at his feet and place it into his hands. Trust him, acknowledge his sacrifice for you, accept the life he offers you and do something with it!
If you have done that, then I’d love to hear from you. You can contact me by commenting on this post anonymously, or by sending me a message via the contact form on DeanRoberts.Net. I hope this has given you something to think about. It’s something I think about all the time…
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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