John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
As I was putting the lights on our Christmas Tree this year and listening to a playlist of holiday tunes, a song began to play that I had never heard in the context of Christmas and the advent season. The song is called “Give Me Jesus” and its lyrics are a simple and beautiful prayer recognizing that in life and in death our greatest need is Jesus.
As I listened and strung lights my mind reflected on how there are so many things that wrestle for their place at the top of my needs list. Some of them are material (Apple watch, new car, bigger house etc.) while others are longings of my heart but still things that I think I MUST have (approval of others, respect, good kids, perfect family etc.). At any given moment one of these things is jockeying for their position as holder of my heart and in so doing convincing me that I cannot live with out it.
But as we gaze at the Scripture and look at the beautiful story of the birth of Jesus we see that God knew all along what we needed. He knew exactly…
What the shepherds needed
What Mary and Joseph needed
What Herod needed
What Israel needed
What the world needed
What my family needed
What I needed
It’s Him, God gave us the gift of himself. Real meaning and life for us is not found anywhere but in God alone. That’s why Jesus came.
So this morning, throughout the day the advent season and the days and years left of my life, I pray that as my heart wrestles through all it’s desires, that God will continue to expose and reveal to me my need for Jesus.
Give me Jesus, Lord I Pray