Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.. . Let me teach you. . ."  Matthew 11:28-29 (NLT)

   

 When was the last time you said that? There are many different contexts we can use those words, i.e., something broken around the house, a word or sentiment spoken that we had to backtrack on, a child's broken toy, or even circumstances that needed a turnaround. Sometimes we say that to God - whether knowingly or not. There are times we may actually speak those words to Him, and then there are other times we "say" it to Him in our behavior. A good example is when we make plans and expect God to validate them when we haven't consulted Him first.

 

There are people who spend so much time trying to "fix" their lives when all they really have to do is give it to God. The blood of Jesus can cover anything!   We work to have a lot of money, we step over others to get that coveted promotion, we outwardly prepare ourselves to meet Mr. or Ms. Right without checking our inward person - our character, if you will. Worship has always been about surrender; it still is. I believe the greatest act of worship for all of us is to totally surrender our lives to God - everything that makes us who we are, give it to God. He is so interested in our day-to-day lives that we can give him the pains as well as the joys; the failures as well as the victories; even the problems and uncertainties that we all face. If you're reading this and thinking, "I've messed up so bad God can't possibly have a plan for my life." God is saying, "I can fix that." And He will, if you give Him a chance.   If you feel you are walking in darkness with no direction, no road map, and no peace, God is saying to you, "Come to Me - I can fix that."

 

Years ago, Aretha Franklin and the Southern California Choir recorded a song called, Give Yourself to Jesus. Enough said.

 

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