Maybe it’s the Little Sister Syndrome in me, but sometimes I like doing things myself. I want to show that I’m capable and old enough and smart enough and strong enough to do things on my own. I can almost hear my little kid voice crying out,
“I can do it!”
That may be a healthy and natural stage of human development, the acquisition of self-sufficiency and self-reliance, but in the spiritual realm, I’m finding it’s dangerous territory.
Fact is, I can’t do it. I can’t make sickness better. I can’t heal broken hearts — not even my own. I can’t make the plans I have work out. And, while Loreal may help me change the color of my gray hair, it’s only temporary and just becomes something else I have to grapple with continuously.
So, this morning, reading Hebrews chapter 4, I ran headlong into verse 16 in The Message translation: “So let’s walk right up to Him (Jesus, our High Priest) and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.”
I think our American culture encourages self-reliance, pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps, as it were. We like to run around saying “I can do all things.”
But the Bible teaches in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH.”
That’s a big difference. So I’m greeting today with the theme:
“Take the mercy. Accept the help.”
The help and mercy available only through Jesus, given freely and with great love.