“Come to me,” Jesus says, “all you who are weary and heavy-burdened, and I will give you rest.”
The pre-requisite for coming to Jesus is weariness.
How easy is it to drift into the temptation of feeling like I have something to offer God, or that God needs me for some work he is going to do. So easy it is to approach God with a subtle form of arrogance that veils itself as confidence, discipline, and self-control. There is a slight ‘smugness’ from people that are better at life than others… from those who make wiser choices, who have never had to wrestle through a whole lot of the messiness that life often brings.
Often we think the pre-requisite for coming to Jesus isn’t weariness but confidence. We come bringing to him our good gifts, our good deeds, our wise choices, our sense of entitlement, our ‘ministry’ successes, our ‘experience.’ And his response is the same: “unless you become like children, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Unless you lay down your deadly ‘goodness,’ you will never be able to appreciate the goodness and grace of God.
And yet Jesus’ invitation to come to him goes only to those who are weary, who are tired, who are overwhelmed. Come broken, he says. Come empty. Come like cross-eyed, misbehaved children. Come with nothing to offer, nothing to claim, and nothing to demand. Come offering nothing … not even the “nothing” you feel like you possess. Come as you are. Come messy.
When you come empty handed, unassuming, unpretentious and messy, you will find him to be a Savior who is sufficient for all your needs, and in whom you will find rest and peace.