December 18, 2008

Whence The Need For Redemption?

Yesterday's My Utmost For His Highest has stuck with me today. Here are a few snippets:

The gospel of God creates the sense of need for the gospel...The majority of people think of themselves as being completely moral, and have no sense of need for the gospel...But God cannot give until a man asks. It is not that He wants to withhold something from us, but that is the plan He has established for the way of redemption. Through our asking, God puts His process in motion...But once Jesus Christ is "lifted up," the Spirit of God creates an awareness of the need for Him...

We ask for redemption on faith, He clearly places the need for it on our hearts and delivers it to us as a most gracious God. We do not even know the depths of our need until He has delivered the gift of our salvation. How amazing is that?

We wonder why a world can turn its back on Jesus after what He has done through His death and resurrection. But yet, we who have accepted Him did not truly know how unredeemed we were until we did. We accepted the need for redemption in faith before He proved it to us in fact.

Would anything but divine love make our God show such mercy and understanding?

I do not think so.

1 comment:

Laurie M. said...

That's really beautiful. I'd never have turned to Christ if He hadn't taken hold of my shoulders and yanked me around to face him. And once He did, I was so thankful.