Really encouraged and challenged by the sermon today at LBCLA. It’s really good being back at the church, hearing Pastor John’s preaching, and fellowshipping with the body. Today’s sermon was on Matthew 11:28-30, where it says:
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Pastor John was reminding the body that NOTHING in this world can satisfy, and he was sharing about how hard life can be and how the weight of sin can just be so overwhelming that we really have nothing else to hold onto except Christ. I honestly am so thankful and appreciative of his honesty and transparency about his struggles and hardships because it really does make everything he preaches so much more real … it’s not just him spitting theology at us and saying we should do this or that, but he’s going through real world struggles and still he chooses to hope in JESUS because that’s all we have. I am so thankful for Pastor John’s ministry. He lives a very difficult life, yet he continues to point the congregation to Christ. This is an example of living out a life of genuine faith.
It reminds me of what I’ve been struggling with personally about putting my hope in other people, or even the idea of marriage/dating, etc. I can see how it really does consume my thoughts sometimes and when I have certain expectations or hopes that aren’t fulfilled, I’m shattered. Yet we aren’t meant to hope in people or objects or temporary things in this world that are fleeting. Everything in this life will fade away, but GOD remains faithful and steadfast in his love towards us. I’m meant to fix my eyes on Christ because only he can truly satisfy.
Lord Jesus, would you remind me to not look to man or worldly things for joy but to hope in YOU alone. Thank you for my salvation, thank you for dying for my sins and redeeming me so that I can enjoy you forever. Thank you that THIS is my hope – not in the possibility of getting married, not in receiving love from other people, not in living a picturesque life, not in material things. CHRIST is sufficient. CHRIST is enough. CHRIST alone satisfies my soul’s greatest need. Thank you Jesus.