I know there is some mother who clicked on this article ready to chastise me in the comment section. I can hear it already:
“We do not want to teach our youth to be dependent on anyone.”
And you are right. I am usually against depending on anyone for anything. I got a job as soon as I was allowed to so I could make my own money. I decided to go to college far away from all I ever knew. I hate asking for help from anyone.
I believe that we as a generation love independence. We may not fully understand all the responsibilities that come along with independence, but we love the idea of being on our own and being fully in control. We have a tendency to think we are stronger than we actually are. We have a tendency to consider ourselves the only Savior we need.
However, I’m not asking you to be dependent on your parents and sleep on their couch until age 30. I am not asking you to be dependent on a man or a woman for happiness. I’m asking you to be dependent on Christ.
This is one of my favorite passages in the bible:
43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years,[a]but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” 47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” Luke 8:43-48
Basically, a chick was stuck having her period for 12 straight years. Yeah, sounds miserable. And back in this if you were considered to be on your period, you had to sit in a room isolated from others and consider yourself as “impure”. So for 12 years she was isolated, until the morning came when Jesus passing by on his way to the house of Jairus. And you know what she did; she ran to Him and touched His cloak, thinking this would save her.She risked social suicide by leaving her designated location to see Jesus. She risked being even more exclusion from her community, all to simply try to touch Jesus’s cloak. She had faith that a simple touch could heal her.
She was dependent.
You know what I want our generation to do? I want our generation to stop reaching out to ourselves to give us peace. We need to stop reaching out to the scale to heal us, or to a significant other to save us. We need to stop letting our wealth be what we rely on or our insta-game. We need to stop trying to be our own savior and embrace the Savior who is waiting for us with His arms opened wide.
Here’s the honest truth: nothing from this world will save you, and that includes yourself. You are weak, but your Savior is strong. Everyday, you need healing from yourself. You need healing from your sin. But are you going to hide out, scared about what society may think if in the midst of a busy day you are running towards Jesus? Or are you going to confidently run to Christ, and reach out to Him, and let His power heal you?
In the midst of the crowd, Jesus noticed this woman’s eagerness to draw near to Him for healing. Although there were many, all He saw was her. Jesus right now wants that to be you. He wants you to reach out to Him, and He wants to focus on you. Although there are many around Him, He notices everyone individually.
I want to be dependent on Jesus. I want to stop turning away from Jesus thinking, “Nah dude, I got it.” Because the truth is, I don’t have it–and I never will have it. But by simply touching Jesus every morning and being dependent on His power, I can be healed from my past mistakes, my anxiety and even my insecurity.
So you know what, I am not good enough to handle the problems in my life. But I will touch the Ultimate Healer, the one who is good enough. I will reach out to Him despite the crowd blocking me from seeing Him. I will eagerly run towards Him and let His strength save me each morning.
I will be dependent on Him. Millennials, let’s do this.