You ever feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders?
Sin weighs us down and nothing we do can take that weight off of us. It’s so easy to get caught up in our sin and lose sight of our Savior.
BUT, here’s the good news: God wants to give us a new life.
As I sit here, I think back to when I was four weeks pregnant, scared and clueless as to what next step to take. Thinking to myself, “I’m literally pregnant with a married man’s child, and I don’t know what to do.” I knew what I had done was wrong, I kept too many secrets and here I sit with the outcome of my actions.
I felt like the Samaritan woman Jesus met in John 4 weighed down by sin. She was weighed down by her five ex-husbands and the new man she was living with. To have one ex-husband at this time was scandalous enough and to have five made her an outcast.
The fact that this woman was living with a man she wasn’t married to and getting water during the hottest part of the day were good indicators that she was done playing by society’s rules. She didn’t want to hear what anyone had to say and she had all but given up.
So Jesus met this woman where she was, and using the well water as a metaphor, Jesus offered her a new life and love that would fulfill her forever (John 4:14). After meeting Jesus, the Samaritan woman was so changed that she ran into town and told everyone about her encounter.
So like the woman, I was a part of an affair. Of course, it takes two, but I still made the choice to do what I did. I am not proud of what I did at all, but I didn’t hang my head down in shame forever. At 19 years old in the century that we live in now, getting pregnant by a married man is as relevant as having five ex-husbands back then.
Although I felt as if I was alone through this new trial, God had offered me a NEW life. My friends, family and other loved ones forgave me for lying and are still standing next to me. They offered help and together we all are still practicing our spiritual walk to make it stronger. I removed all of the negativity from my face and out of the way, and followed what God really wanted me to do. Ultimately, this child I bare is His, and I strive to do what God calls me to do from this point forward.
Jesus knows everything we’ve done and will ever do.
He doesn’t want us to try and fix our lives by ourselves. Jesus wants us to accept His gift of salvation and follow Him. In doing so, He’ll give us a new life, a life so much more GREATER than the one we could ever imagine for ourselves. If there’s anything weighing you down today, confess it to Jesus because He can handle it. By confessing it, you’re doing more than you think. Jesus is doing more for you than you know.
“He who has not sin cast the first stone (John 8:4-9).”
We’ve all done something we aren’t proud of, but Jesus is a friend who lends out a hand and offers that gift of salvation and is a friend that won’t leave us where we are. We are offered a NEW life, so take it and be free. Live a life that’s full of love and joy. Tell everyone what Jesus has for them too, because we are all given this wonderful gift.