Keep Holding On

Sometimes we get tired of walking the walk. Sometimes life is just hard. We know that we are called to be faithful. We know that we are supposed to chase after Jesus, we know that we are supposed to grow, to be faithful, to work for good, all of that.

But man oh man, sometimes it’s just hard to do that. Sometimes we fall, we stumble, we make mistakes.

And we want to quit. We want just to lay down. We want just to quit. To stop. To give in, to give up.

We’ve all been there. We may be there at this exact moment. If that’s where you are right now, or if you’ve ever been there, listen today to what Paul writes in Philippians 3: 12-14:

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus

holding-onPaul says we are going somewhere. We are chasing after Jesus, we are seeking to be made like Him, we are seeking to grow. And when we want to quit, you know what we do?

We keep walking.

Because of this. Christ Jesus has made us His own.

As tightly as you feel like you are holding on to Jesus, remember this. He is holding on you even more tightly.

Hold on to Him. Because He is going to hold onto you. He is. He has you. You are His. You are.

Keep walking. Keep fighting. Keep straining. Keep being faithful. Even when it’s hard. Keep holding on to Jesus.

Because Jesus is holding on to you. Never forget that.

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No One Wants to be Alone

Christ-in-garden-of-gethsemaneI know this may sound like a simple statement, but is one that is really true. If we want to know how to live and what we should do in life, we need to look to Jesus.

The Bible tells us that if we want to know God’s heart, we need to look to Jesus (Colossians 1:15). To know God, we need to look to Jesus.

And I think we sort of know that already. There is something though that I think we know, but we forget. The Bible teaches us that while Jesus is fully God, He is also fully human.

What does this have to do within anything? Listen to what we read today in Matthew 26:26-38:

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”

Jesus is fully God, right? But we also know that He’s fully human. And, when this hour comes, what is one thing that He wants? He doesn’t want to be alone.

He wants to be surrounded by the people who He loves, and that love Him. He doesn’t want to be alone.

And neither do we.

And you know what we see here in this text? That’s ok. If Jesus, the very Son of God, creator of all that is, both seen and unseen, knows that in times of trial, He doesn’t want to be alone, it’s ok for us to know that as well.

It’s ok for us to realize that there are some loads to heavy, some hills too high, some rivers too deep, that we don’t want to deal with them along. It’s ok. Neither did Jesus.

So today, if you are going through a tough time, don’t be alone. Surround yourself with folks that love you. Lean on there, let them help. Let them be a friend. Cling to them.

And if you have something you love going through a tough time, walk with them. Be there. Hold their hand.

No one wants to be alone. Neither did Jesus. That’s why we have each other.

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