Jesus Is My Portion

Will you do something for me?

Wherever you are, fill a cup with water. Then hold it in your palm for 30 seconds. How does it feel? Probably not very heavy. Now try holding that same cup for 1 hour. I am certain that you probably will not do that. I understand. Neither would I. If I asked you to hold that cup for two days without putting it down, then you would think I’m crazy. See, it doesn’t matter how much is in the cup, it matters how long you stretch out your hand and hold it. I heard this illustration at a Student Ministers’ Conference last week. The speaker challenged all the ministers in the room to envision what this would look like in our lives, and referenced the weight we feel when we carry our burdens and baggage every second, every minute, every hour, and every day. Then one day can turn into several days and, before we know it, even years.

It led me to think, what happens to me when I carry my hurts, baggage, and burdens and not give them over to Christ? I am exhausted and drained. It leads me to a place where I am not truly experiencing the freedom that Christ offers me.

As believers, we throw words around like “Jesus is more than enough” and “Jesus is my portion.” But how many of us can feel and truly live out and believe wholeheartedly that “Jesus is our portion.”

If Jesus is our portion, He is big enough to handle all our circumstances.

If Jesus is our portion, He is mighty to redeem our hurts.

If Jesus is our portion, He can turn our life around.

If Jesus is our portion, He can give us freedom.

If Jesus is our potion, He gives us power to overcome sin.

If Jesus is our portion, He puts a new song in our mouths.

If Jesus is our portion, He is able to create opportunities for us to forgive others.

If Jesus is our portion, He can give us strength to love others in the most difficult times.

If Jesus is our portion, He is able to give us patience and joy through the hardest of situations.

If Jesus is our portion, we trust in His loyal love.

If Jesus is our portion, I gladly surrender everything to follow Him.

If Jesus is our portion, everything in my life may fail, but He is my Hope.

If Jesus is our portion, He is my reward.

Church, I choose to believe Psalm 73:26 and write it upon my heart. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Earlier, when I asked you to hold the cup for a long period of time, you may have thought that sounded ridiculous. Yes, it is. As a matter of fact, it’s ridiculous to think that we can hold on to the weight of our burdens and baggage and for it not to have an effect on our lives. When we carry baggage, it hurts the way we interact with people, the amount of passion we put into things, or the ability to love others freely. Jesus invites us to give our burdens over to Him. How amazing that someone would want to carry the weight of my baggage and turn my sadness into joy. Psalm 55:22 reminds us “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”

I invite you to spend a few moments in silence and allow His Word to resound in your heart. He gives freedom and hope. He is near. Jesus is more than enough. I will intentionally declare and live out “Jesus is my portion”. Will you?