Eph. 2:8, “For by grace ye are saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
I don’t know about you but I really need God in my life. Let’s face it, without Christ we are all screw ups. We have a tendency to mess up our own lives as well as just about everyone else’s lives around us; that is without Christ. The good news is that there is hope for all of us, that hope is found in Christ. How does He do it? First He works on us to communicate our incredible need for Him. Then He begins to reveal His greatness and goodness to us. As we embrace Him we discover a whole new world. It starts with forgiveness from all the mess we have made; next He begins to drag us out of our misery. Most of the misery is internal, He works on our hearts and replaces our misery with contentment and joy. He also begins to work on the horrible messes we have made. He not only forgives but He also restores. Here are some thoughts about our need of God from Jonathan Edwards.
“Tis of God that Christ becomes ours, that we are brought to him, and are united to him: ’tis of God that we receive faith to close with him, that we may have an interest in him. Tis of God that we actually do receive all the benefits that Christ has purchased. ’Tis God that pardons and justifies, and delivers from going down to hell, and ’tis his favor that the redeemed are received into, and are made the objects of, when they are justified. So it is God that delivers from the dominion of sin, and cleanses us from our filthiness, and changes us from our deformity.”
So how is it with you? Have you figured it out yet that without him you are pretty much hopeless? Or are you still in the “I got his mode” thinking you can sort out your life on your own? The funny thing is sometimes our worst messes turn out to be hidden blessings. They bring us to our senses so that we realize we really do need Him. They also provide a great opportunity for God to be glorified as He sorts everything out. Just face it, we all really need Him.