Is your heart heavy? I’m here.
Nearly two thousand years after He walked on Earth, Jesus’ messages remain relevant. After all, human nature is remarkably similar to the agricultural era in which He lived. People are still striving for fulfillment in money, prestige or power. They are still jockeying for position by grabbing the corner office, the seat at the head table, or the golden statue. Ironically, they are still coming up short. Do you know the feeling?
Look at what two close followers of Jesus wrote. James said: “You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask” (James 4:2, ESV). John warned against loving possessions and status: “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world” (1 John 2:16, NLT).
In other words, you will never find the answers you crave in worldly objects. You can’t drink enough, get high enough, attract enough applause, or travel far enough to quench that restlessness inside. If your heart is heavy because you lost a loved one, no one in the world can bring you the relief you crave in the midst of overwhelming grief.
Just like you, people in the first century were heavy-hearted. Especially the Jews who came from the same family heritage as Jesus. They were oppressed by their Roman rulers, who taxed them heavily and disrespected their religious beliefs. The Jews wondered why, after all these years, things didn’t seem any better. They were troubled by the same demands of life that weigh on you.
In the midst of their questions and concerns, Jesus told them not to worry. He promised those who come to Him will find rest. On another occasion, He said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1, NKJV). If you are weighed down by a heavy heart, tell Him about it.
A Challenge For You…
Read 1 John 2:15-17. Now, describe two of your accomplishments in life, such as winning a trophy in youth sports or cheerleading, a promotion at work, or an advanced degree in a specialized field of study. Did it bring you lasting happiness? Why or why not?
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