I think of multiple people who are special to me and who have made me feel special. I remember an uncle who I was talking to on the phone and just before I hung up he took a moment to tell me how wonderful, special and purposeful my life was to him. I love the goodbye hugs from my parents, the joy my animals give me. The special way my wife looks at me. My kids running to the door to greet me.
Humans need love. We need embrace. Studies have shown. Chimpanzees would take affection over food. Children who are displaced have a higher propensity to get sick. We have multiple needs. Our main needs include the need for affection, interaction, and purpose.
Matthew 8:14-17 NIV
“When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.””
Peters mother in law was clearly out of it. Everyone knows what it is like to be sick and not even feel like answering the phone. Note the significance of the healing. Others who were possessed came and were delivered. All who were sick were healed. My Jesus meets you where you are. We don’t have to be something we are not to receive his love. We can’t put on a show to receive his gift and acceptance. He meets every one of us in our specific dynamic. Some may need healing while others need deliverance.
We all need to feel ratified. We long for affection. Jesus is our source. Jesus pays close attention and hears our prayers.
Acts 12:5-10 NIV
“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.”
Jesus payed close attention to Peter just like he does you and I. Jesus gives us personal attention. Sometimes this is by asking and other times he simply visits us. My Jesus cares about everything. My Jesus provides much needed affection.
If we walk this life alone we will not have the strength to endure. Just like a displaced child our spirit will become weak, tired and ill. The strength we need to survive is divine. You don’t have to walk alone. Just as the church prayed for Peter and miraculously the jail set him free let us pray for you.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so! My Jesus meets me right where I’m at. So when you feel alone, depressed or bound remember to cry unto Jesus because My Jesus will always be there.
Philip Lukens is the senior pastor of the Carr Community Church. To receive updates please enter your e-mail address below and click subscribe.
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