A high-profile Christian leader recently posted a pic that made me breathe a sigh of relief - she posted a picture of her bathroom, complete with clothes piled up on the floor, #reallifepeople. I instantly felt like she was so much more relatable! My life - and house - is far from picture perfect, and to know that I was not alone in having days that require you to be ok with some things being left 'undone' was so encouraging.
I love that God chose to make Himself real to us; that Jesus chose to enter our world in a form that we could relate to - that He chose to live like us. Hebrews 2:17 tells us:
Therefore, it was necessary for Him to be made in every respect like us, His brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then He could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. (NLT)
Jesus saw it as necessary to become like us so that He could be merciful in His role as our High Priest - so that He could be actively compassionate towards us. He knows what it is to suffer; how it feels to be rejected, betrayed, misunderstood and even despised. He understands our grief, the pressures and temptations that we face, our fatigue - because He's been there. Our life is not 'theory' to Him - He's lived it. And because of this, He is able to come alongside us and help us.
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:14-16 NLT)
Jesus wants us to know that He's relatable - that we can come to Him and find not just understanding, but a way forward. Jesus sympathises with us, but He also enables us. We can come to Him - the One who faced suffering and temptation and remained without sin - for the help that we need to navigate this life in a way that honours God. Not only is He our example, but His very Spirit is now within us strengthening and reviving our own spirit; empowering us to live righteously.
So don't let yourself be isolated, believing the lie that you are in this on your own. Open your eyes to see Jesus - to see His compassion and understanding. Come into His presence with confidence knowing that God wants to be alongside you; He wants to bless and empower you by giving you access to His grace.