Thursday, June 11, 2009

need is needed

We need a sense of need. Jesus came, not as the means by which we save ourselves, but as our Savior. But we need to have the sense and conviction that we need salvation, that for some reason we need to be saved.

We see faith in Jesus come alive at the point of need in a man who had leprosy. And Jesus pointed out that he did not come to save those who were righteous, but sinners. The self-righteous have no sense that they need salvation, but those who know they are sinners and condemned, as well as not able to change themselves, are in a position to see Jesus as the one who can save them.

Not only we ourselves, but this world is in need of a savior. Jesus and the kingdom of God coming in him, is the answer, which begins now through us, his people. We need to help others see their need of Jesus, and we need to understand that Jesus as Savior extends to the needs of all the world, in every system and domain. So that what we do now, in his name, matters. And someday will be taken up into the completion of the new creation, in Jesus.

I'm glad for a sense of need in my own life, and more glad that Jesus meets that need. Every day, as salvation in Scripture is not only glorious past tense, but present. As well as future. We have much to look forward to, in Jesus, which can help us move forward in anticipation of that great, final salvation in him!

What would you like to add to this?

6 comments:

nAncY said...

i suppose it might take a humble attitude to see the need.

"We see faith in Jesus come alive at the point of need"
this is an interesting thought.

Lanny said...

Amen!

preacherman said...

Wonderful words for us!
Thank you for sharing them with us. I have been encouraged!!!

Ted M. Gossard said...

nAncY,
Good point. Yes indeed. God humbles us as we begin to see our pride, or whatever sin it is. As we begin to see our need. That opens the door to the possibility of us receiving his salvation.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Lanny,
Good to "hear" you!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Kinney,
Yes, it is encouraging to me as well. And particularly when I wrote it, I suppose, and just prior to that, as the previous post would indicate.

Thanks.