What is your greatest need in life? Think about it, If this question was asked about 10 or 20 years earlier, what might have been your response? What about after 10 or 20 years from now? Do you think you will have the same response? For many of us, the answer may be different at different stages in life. What if we can ask someone who knows our complete life? You see, We are God’s creation; God knows our greatest need in life and he is more than willing to fulfill the need. In this post, i would like to ponder upon this question of our greatest need in life.
Relationship with God:
A need is a lack of something. It prevents us to fulfill our purpose. Bible tells that we are created to have fellowship with God. Adam and Eve had wonderful relationship with God. But this relationship was broken when humans fell in to sin and rebelled against the purpose of God. This relationship with God which is our primary purpose became the greatest need in our life. Have you ever felt this void in life? We may be having all that we thought we need in life, but still can feel incomplete without being connected to God.
Thank God for he loved us so much. He sent his only Son Jesus Christ to restore our relationship with him. Jesus reconciled us to God and offered the way to fulfill our need. He gave the ultimate price to redeem and make us part of God’s family. To be reconciled with God, we need to be forgiven of our sins and restored.
Forgiveness and Restoration:
Let’s look at few of the events which happened when Jesus was on earth (Luke 5). These events can tell us about our need, Jesus’ willingness to meet this need and how we can respond. It starts with a miracle healing of a paralyzed man and continued few encounters between Jesus and others. Jesus exposed this need to have relationship with God and showed compassion to restore us spiritually as well as physically.
Jesus was in a crowded home and there was no way for the paralyzed man to reach him. Friends of this man decided to get him into the house through the roof. What do you think was this man’s greatest need? This man had a real need of getting healed from sickness. But on seeing their faith, Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven“. You see, Jesus saw more than his physical need. He saw his need to be forgiven having more priority. Jesus restored him spiritually and then he also healed his physical sickness showing he has the authority over everything. God is compassionate towards us to restore us a whole.
Jesus pursued sinners and offered to meet this greatest need in life. He was compassionate and showed unconditional love towards sinners with a burden to restore them. Christ is willing to forgive sins; restore spiritual and physical state; lift the heavy burden of guilt and give us freedom. Are we willing to trust him and accept this freedom from sin? Are you willing to get your burden lifted? Think about this. If Jesus offers you forgiveness of all your sins and restoration, what will be your response?
Two kinds of response:
In the above events, there were two groups of people. People who were forgiven and restored by Jesus. Other group of people from a religious sect called pharisees watching all these marvelous things happen. The responses were different and so were their blessings. It will be beneficial for us to evaluate which group we belong. Lets start with the pharisees. They did not consider themselves sinners. Even when Jesus showed that forgiveness is the greatest need, they did not realize that they have this need. They were well convinced of their our own righteousness and good works. When Jesus forgave the sins of the paralyzed man, the pharisees could not digest what Jesus did and questioned about Christ’s authority.
Again, pharisees considered themselves more closer to God but in reality they were so far. They did not desire for fellowship with Jesus but complained that Jesus was spending time with sinners. Do you see any of these resemblance in you? We can make people believe that we are the most religious people and everyone else is a sinner. But you know your heart and God knows too. Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Unless we come to the realization of our need, we cannot find the right cure.
On the other hand, people who were forgiven and healed realized that they were sinners and not worthy to be forgiven. They had faith on Jesus to meet their needs. They desired to have fellowship with Jesus and willing to follow him leaving their past behind. Isn’t it ironic to see how the religious people had theirs hearts hardened to God’s truth when it was so wonderfully revealed to the sinners. People can become so religious in traditions blinding their hearts to see God’s revelation. Real relationship with God is important rather than showing others that we are so religious.
What is your response? Do you realize this greatest need in life? Do you trust in Jesus to forgive your sins and give freedom? Do you desire to have amazing personal relationship with God your creator? You see, God by his grace offers this relationship to both groups and to everyone. Jesus said, “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in…”. Jesus Christ is more than willing to give you what you need, but are you ready to accept?