This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Matthew 11:28 (NLT)
Today, I am thinking about how our prior acts don’t disqualify us.
I had this thought as I was reading in the gospel of John about Jesus’ encounter with a Samaritan woman. Jesus was on his way to Galilee, but he chose to go through the town of Samaria to get there. Exhausted from his travels, he sat down at the well and began to have an exchange with a woman standing there.
Now, to put things in proper context, the Samaritans and Jews were dealing with severe racial tensions, so they didn’t socialize with each other.
Therefore, this woman was somewhat shocked that Jesus, who was a Jew, would be asking her for a drink of water. However, they continued speaking with each other.
Then out of the blue, Jesus asked her to go and get her husband. The woman responded that she didn’t have a husband.
Jesus then said that she was right. The fact of the matter was that she didn’t have a husband, yet she had previously had five husbands and wasn’t even married to the man with whom she was living.
In that moment, I had to reflect. Our prior acts don’t disqualify us even though we often think that they do. We hold on to guilt and to the past. We judge ourselves and judge others.
Those are actually the things that keep us from dwelling in the presence of God.
Seeing as this is Holy Week, let us start strong, and let us give up the thinking that keeps us from Him; He’s ready to take all of our excess baggage away. As we do this, let us cling to these words: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NLT)
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So today, let’s start this week strong by giving him our burdens one by one.