Hi, my name is Jack, and I will alway need Jesus.
I remember going to Alcoholic’s Anonymous with my Mimaw when I was a kid. Before the meeting I would play outside on a tire swing. Then I would go into the smoke filled room and watch the old men drink coffee out of stryofoam cups while they played cards.
“Hi, my name is Suzanne, and I’m an Alcoholic,” she would say. They were a circle of hurting and healing people from all ages and walks of life.
Even at eight years old though, I remember that statement confusing me. She had been sober for many years. She had a key ring full of those chips! She was NOT an alcoholic anymore. Deep down I knew that Jesus didn’t see her that way. And she knew it too.
It took me getting married, having three kids, and stepping out into adult life to get it. And now I understand why my Mimaw called herself an alcoholic. It was a weekly reminder, not of her brokenness, but of her journey to wholeness.
It reminded her that there would never be a day when she didn’t need help. There would never be a day when she didn’t need people. She would ALWAYS need support, and as a result would have the joy of GIVING support to others.
What I didn’t understand then and now understand is that freedom isn’t an event, it’s a process.
Being BORN AGAIN is an event! And I’m glad it is. But being renewed again… and again… is a journey.
There will never be a day that you won’t need Jesus.
Our weary hearts breathe a sigh of relief at this. Because this is the Gospel. The GOOD news.
The good news is that you need Him.
The good news is that you don’t have what it takes.
The good news is that He does!
And the good news is that ANYONE who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Not just saved, as in being born again. But saved like the people on the roofs of flooded houses. Or the soldier stuck in a tight spot with the enemy surrounding. Or the drug addict who has a family member who won’t give up on him.
Life will put you in these places. Your own bad decisions will as well. In the end it makes no difference to Jesus. What matters is that you need saving, and He is the Savior. He is strong enough. He is compassionate enough. And there will never be day that you won’t need Him!
So keep progressing in your journey! Keep making milestones. Keep seeing more and more freedom and wholeness! But never forget:
My name is __________, and I will always need Jesus!