I will sometimes hear people say that Jesus is just a crutch for needy people. They don’t need Jesus because they are strong and have their head on straight. Faith is just what some people need to get through life, something hopeful to believe in to make life worth living. It’s helpful for the poor and the primitive, but they are above it and beyond it.
The fact is, Jesus is not a crutch for me.
I need way more than a crutch.
Crutches don’t help cancer.
They don’t help dismembered limbs.
They don’t help brain damage.
They don’t help leprosy.
I am all of these things, and more, in my sinful state.
I need much more than a crutch, I need a Savior! I need rescue and total transformation!
To deny our need for Jesus is to deny our need for a Savior. It’s to deny the sinful state we are in, separated from God, with no hope to fix things in our own strength.
Oh but we try.
Many don’t need the “crutch” of Jesus, because they already have crutches resting under every armpit and legpit and any other pits they can find.
Faith is just what some people need to get through life, something hopeful to believe in to make life worth living. I don’t need it. I have money. I have power. I have position. I have a good retirement. I have an education. I have popularity. I have sex. I have fun. I have drugs. I have TV. I have video games. I have sports. I have success. I have my family. I have myself.
So I just keep on crutching. Cancer filled, dismembered limbs, brain damaged, and with leprosy. Crutching right past Jesus. Crutching right past the one who is on his knees, weeping for me in love, desire, and compassion. Proposing marriage to me. The only one able to cure me and transform me, with a simple touch of his Spirit.
I don’t need Jesus!
Look at how good I’m doing without him…
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