People sometimes say they donít need love. They hope itís a sign of strength. Sadly, all it indicates is a fear of getting hurt, and the result is a hollow life. Asserting that we donít need Jesus is similar, and even more tragic.
No one could survive a millisecond without God. He holds the entire universe together, including every atom in your body. You are like a delicate fish in an aquarium blissfully unaware of its dependence because it thinks it is simply the nature of food to suddenly appear everyday and that water quality, temperature and aeration take care of themselves. For years you have acted like a parasite, sucking everything you can from the Creator and more or less treating him as if he doesnít exist. God in his kindness has let you abuse his generosity, giving you time to come to your senses. Your time, however, is running out.
You might survive a month without eating (but who would want to?). To live for years, however, you must have food. You might survive a hundred years without surrendering to God (though it would be a tragic waste). But to live forever, you must yield to Jesus.
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More than a crutch, it is a whole new set of legs. A living relationship with Jesus Ė and not everyone claiming to be a Christian has one Ė makes everything else look like a crutch. Itís power to face problems head on. The transformation is like a machine with nearly dead batteries being plugged into a new power source.
Jesus fills the unfillable hole within us. He makes us whole. He meets our deepest needs. As pianos were made to be played, we were made for Jesus. He alone releases our full potential.
Everything anyone has ever enjoyed springs from Godís creative genius and generosity. Like babies, all of us used to take everything from God and in the height of selfishness give our Maker barely as much as a ĎThank you,í in return. To become a true Christian is to come of age. It is to take up your responsibilities with the One to whom you owe everything.
Until we face our spiritual inadequacy, we are shutting our eyes to reality, like dungeon dwellers recoiling from sunlight; like burns victims smashing mirrors (John 3:19). Christians who have truly found God are very ordinary people who dared confront the spiritual need the rest of us fearfully suppress. Through Jesus they somehow found the courage to push against the torrent of popular opinion and say good-bye to their favorite sins and the stranglehold of almost life-long habits. They put their life on the line and to their surprise found the warm presence of God.
13. The church is full of hypocrites
14. Christian superstars are after money
15. Iím answerable to no one
16. Christians support environmental vandalism