I have this really super-warm, super-soft blanket that I keep in the trunk of my car. It goes everywhere I go. Sometimes I forget it’s even there. But it has been a savior many times.
I’m generally very warm-natured. It’s usually too warm at night so I sleep with the fan on. When I go to the movies, the theater is usually just the right temperature. But even I can get cold at times.
I keep the blanket with me mostly for other people. When my wife is too cold in the movie theater, I have the blanket to keep her warm.
One of my daughters is especially cold-natured. She usually wears a light jacket even when it’s 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) outside! When she gets cold inside a chilly restaurant, I have the blanket ready and able to keep her warm.
If our family is going somewhere and we forget to bring a jacket or need a blanket to sit on, the blanket is always there.
Is Jesus our blanket?
OK, so what’s the point? I’ve got this really cool blanket. Pretty special huh? What’s special is that the relationship we have with our Savior Jesus Christ is a lot like my blanket.
We sometimes think of Jesus as being great for other people who really NEED Him, but honestly we’ve got it pretty much under control without Him right? And if I really need Him, He’ll be there.
We often treat the relationship like I treat my blanket. It’s there when we need it, but other times we mostly forget about it (Him). We sometimes think of Jesus as being great for other people who really NEED Him, but honestly we’ve got it pretty much under control without Him right? And if I really need Him, He’ll be there.
Yes, Jesus will be there IF and WHEN you need Him. Hebrews 13:5 “…Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
But the truth is that, unlike my blanket metaphor, we are ALWAYS in need of Jesus Christ. He is as necessary as:
…the food we eat:
John 6:51 “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
…the water we drink:
John 4:13-14 “Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
…and the clothes we wear:
Galatians 3:26-27 “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
The challenge for many of us is to treat Jesus not like a safety blanket we can call on when we get into trouble, but instead to treat him as the umbilical cord of life. Or to use the gardening metaphor Jesus used in John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
When you crave something unhealthy, instead crave Him. When you THINK you have it all together, call on Him to truly wrap all of your pieces together to be the man or woman God has made you to be.
And maybe like me, you’ve got a special blanket you carry around for emergency situations. And maybe you treat Jesus like that blanket sometimes too. My encouragement to you is to take the blanket of Jesus and securely wrap Him around you to be your savior, every day and in all situations.
Remember the blanket
And the next time you pull out that blanket in your trunk, remember this message to stay daily connected to Jesus Christ, the source of all life.