What Does It Mean: to Need a Savior?

It’s Monday Grace!

I used to take a blank white piece of paper and write a small black dot in the middle. Nothing else was on the page but the black dot. Then I would hold it up and ask people what they saw. Invariably, people would say they saw a black dot. Over 99.9 percent of the paper was clean and white, but everyone identified the dot as what they were looking at. We were taught to focus on the thing that seems out of place.

When the teacher handed back your homework, you looked immediately to see what you got wrong. You might have been pleased with your grade, but you saw the mistakes. Usually, they were marked with bold red pen. A large check mark showed you which line or problem you got wrong. Almost all the attention was given to what was wrong.

Now, I may not like that inordinate focus on things that are wrong or out of place, but I suspect this is far more than just a style of teaching. I think it is something deep within us. We are aware of our inadequacies. We know that things are not right in the world. We also know that these things are a threat to us.

Years ago, I had a discussion with an older pastor from a nearby church. I commented on some folks who had left my church after doing serious damage to the body. I suggested that they were like a cancer. Their brokenness seemed to cause brokenness in others. Then I said that they were now attending a large church where they might not be able to cause so much damage. He responded, “So, you think a little cancer is okay in a man as long as he is a big man?”

He certainly had a point. A few cancer cells are a threat to the body. Normal cells take care of themselves, but cancer cells affect healthy cells and create more cancer cells. Once they are present, life in the body changes.

When God created humanity, He created them to be perfect. No sickness or disease. No brokenness or sin. But when sin entered humanity, everything changed. That sin infected healthy hearts and minds and souls. In fact, the Bible suggests that all of creation was affected by sin. Not just humans, but everything. The compromise, the impurity, the stain affected everything.

And we know that something is wrong. Things are not as they should be. Not in the world and not in humanity. Not in everyone and not in me. There is a flaw, a cancer, that threatens and ruins us. The brokenness is not just in us, but in the things we do and think. We are drawn to sin, and all that comes out of us is tainted by sin.

A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9) A little cancer threatens the whole body. A little sin grows to infect everything in our world.

And there is nothing we can do about it. Since we are infected, everything we do is infected. No matter how kind or how sacrificial or how obedient we try to be, it will never be enough because of the impurity in us. We need change from the outside, from Someone not infected.

The “fix” is not in us. We are aware of the problem, but the solution is not in us. We can try all kinds of things, but nothing will be enough. Not when we bring the problem into every solution.

So, we need a Savior. We need help. This world needs help. Everyone around us needs help. And the Bible makes it very clear that all of this is true and the answer is found in Jesus.

Yes, we can live in denial. We can pretend that we have it all together. We can present to the world a happy and successful face. But we still know that something is wrong. And, interestingly, those who can’t admit that something is wrong, who believe themselves to be just right, are usually thought of as arrogant or deceived. Not only do we know something is wrong with us, we know something is wrong with them.

When Jesus offers to be our Savior, He doesn’t just offer to fix things. He offers to “make all things new.” To recreate us, give us new life and new identity. Then He promises that He will one day recreate our whole world. He will make everything new. A new world and a new life. No more pain, no more sin, no more cancer.

When we admit that we need a Savior, we open ourselves to the change Jesus offers. When we look to Him and ask Him, He will make things new in our lives. The old, as the Scriptures say, will pass away. Things will be right again.

We need a Savior.

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4 responses to “What Does It Mean: to Need a Savior?

  1. This is a beautiful word and very true.

    I lost my childhood faith in God as a young adult, because of the hypocrisy and abuse I had witnessed and suffered at the hands of some church going, Bible thumping, ‘Christians.’ It wasn’t

    • Oops, I hit the wrong thing on my tablet. As I was about to say, it wasn’t until I met a group of genuinely loving, empathetic, and caring Christians, that I finally began to believe in the Lord Jesus. When I opened up my heart and asked Him to be my Savior and the Lord of my life, everything in my life began to change. That was eighteen years ago this month, the best years of my life by far. Although life here on earth is still not perfect, the difference is like night and day. And I am still learning and growing in His grace and love every day, as I seek Him daily through scripture and prayer.

      God is so good!

  2. Z

    Linda Lee,
    I am always very encouraged by your comments. You and I have much in common in our backgrounds/upbringing. Hypocrites/counterfeits that turned us off to Christ. But then we made our way to the REAL Jesus on our own-despite the abuses by so-called “Christians” and the betrayals, abandonments..by the “Christian” abuse enablers and the Church itself.
    I’m so glad to hear you’ve found a group of truly loving and faithful Christians to walk this earthly road with and to help you recover from past abuses and betrayals. I’ve not found my people yet. It’s still just my husband and my dog and Jesus. And I’ve become OK with that being enough, even though ALL recommendations for recovery say one MUST have a support system, tribe, true friends. But how does one find them? I’m retired. No work acquaintances. Covid shut down most options to get out and try to meet new people. I had many plans to find a new church, join a gym, take various classes, take dance lessons with my husband…All are still not possible as most everything is still shut down. Even though some CAN open-they don’t. Not worth the expense of partially opening.
    Plus I’m still wary of people. A symptom of the CPTSD that resulted from all the many decades of abuses. So I pray for God to send “ministering angels” to be my company and comfort, and, if it’s His will, to send good, solid, faithful Christian people into my life. If He made us to live in community, He will have to send me a new community. My old “community” I was born into was all abusers and frauds. And the extended “family and church friends” were far from what Jesus wants for me. They shunned me when I called police on my abusers for a crime and then went No Contact with them. “You don’t call police on family” they all said. They blamed the victim, as happens too often in Church circles. (Yet they were FINE with “family” physically, verbally, mentally, spiritually…abusing me and then my husband for decades! NO shunning or reproving those habitual unrepentant sinners doing such damage to a child of God. Hypocrites! Mockers of God!) I don’t regret getting those people out of my life for my safety and well-being. I am God’s beloved daughter and He does not want me treated that way. And He WILL avenge the evils done to me by the “cult of grace abusers” I was brought up in and thought was my “community” all my life. God will be my vindicator. Meanwhile I still hold onto hope that God will come through at the right time. Just as He will in healing my CPTSD and my chronic pain condition caused by the longterm stresses. And I try to always remember-Jesus is enough and He is sufficient for my daily bread.
    Thank you again for sharing.

    • Hello, my friend. Yes, it is very difficult to find a truly loving, compassionate, caring and empathetic group of Christians. Perhaps I should have explained in my comment that the Christians I met eighteen years ago, worked at a Christian based psychiatric clinic, the Meier New Life Clinic in Richardson, Texas. I had checked myself into that clinic because I had reached the end of my strength. They saved my life, spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally.

      Unfortunately, since leaving the clinic, I have yet to find a similar group of people. But I have my loving husband, our two sweet rescue dogs, and my precious stepdaughter. So we aren’t completely alone. The Lord is always with us. And this lovely blog is a great help, too. ❤

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