Certainly, part of maturity is learning to stand on our own two feet and handle well those things God has given us to do. But pride creeps in when we believe we can do life on our own – too well put together to come desperate for God to meet our personal needs.
When people came to Jesus to be healed they came desperate – begging and disrupting the status quo in order to receive his healing touch.
They knew Jesus was their only hope and so they had nothing to lose. They didn’t care how they looked or what others thought. Jesus was their lifeline and they were willing to give it all in order to get to him.
And we can likely see ourselves doing the same thing in a life or death situation. But most days we don’t feel this desperate.
Most days we feel we can handle life on our own and we come to God only for general life principles and direction.
And, to be sure, it’s good to seek God to set the guiding principles for our life.
But perhaps we’ve missed something when we don’t also come desperate to him seeking life itself.
If it’s true that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches and that we can do nothing apart from him, then this is a life or death situation.
We need him for our very life. And so we move toward him with reckless abandon – holding nothing back.
Nothing is too big or too small, too messy or too silly. We bring everything to the loving attention of Christ.
We miss out on the fullness of Christ when we don’t desperately seek after him as if our life depended on it, because it does.
Come desperate to Christ to be healed and filled to the full in every area of your life and relationships. He will not turn you away.