WALK by FAITH

June 25th, 2013 by derekthecleric

Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28 NIVUK)  COME TO ME: Learning to walk, to swim and to ride a bicycle are three standout experiences for any child. In each case, it is so helpful to know that an adult is nearby. The reassurance of having someone to aim for when taking those first faltering steps, or to steady the bike with a single hand on its saddle, or to support your weight in the water whilst gaining confidence, is essential. That individual has to be someone you trust implicitly; a parent or grandparent, aunt, uncle or close friend. In a similar way, we make progress spiritually as we focus on Christ and move towards Him each day. He cheers us on when we stumble, and picks us up when we fall. In truth, He sometimes even needs to carry us when we have no strength to go on. So, when He says, "come to ME," Jesus is not inviting us to put our faith in some disembodied transcendental force who is far off and unaware of our needs, but to trust in the One Who promises to be our forever friend. "Fix your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace."

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