You can’t make it on your own. You need help. Contrary to popular thinking, it is not a sign of weakness to arrive at that conclusion. In fact, one of the great dichotomies of the Bible is this, “When I am weak, then I am strong.”
I can hear you from here, “That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.” Hang on a minute and let me explain. We live in a world that determines success and acceptability by physical strength, mental toughness, and those who finish at the top of the class or the beauty pageant. That model of our society is elevated and applauded.
The ethic for the Christian life that the Bible presents is the complete opposite. You remember the account of when the Disciples of Jesus were arguing among themselves as to who would be the greatest in the kingdom. The response of Jesus was revolutionary. The greatest in the kingdom will have the humility of a child! That was NOT what they were expecting to hear. Goodness, it is not what we want to hear.
Our measure for who is successful and who is not is based on superficial matters and not heart matters. We tend to want to trust the superficial although we know that if we dig a little deeper there is not a lot there. God’s measure for success is on a completely different scale. Success in life, according to the Bible, is measured in our dependence on God.
We cannot become Christians on our own, no one is born a Christian. So we are born needy in a spiritual sense. The message of the cross of Jesus Christ shouts out to us that we need a Redeemer and a Saviour. We need help. The world will turn around and say that is foolishness! I remember trying to witness to co-workers where I worked in the summer during Bible College. As I explained the gospel the accusation came, “Your religion is a crutch!” My response was, “Yes it is. What kind of a crutch do you use?”
We need all need help. The Word of God is very clear is teaching that our own best efforts to be right with God are as “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). We need his righteousness applied to our lives, we need his help (Romans 4:18-25). Without his help, we could never become a Christian. Without his help we could never live the Christian life!
One of the most amazing stories of living in the strength of God’s love for us is recorded in 2 Corinthians 12. The greatest missionary that the world has ever known, Paul, knew he needed help. In fact, Jesus said to him “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” In other words, when we have reached the end of the rope, when we think we can’t go on, God’s grace is sufficient enough for you to take another step! You can go move forward in his love for you. His grace becomes your strength.
You and I need help! I need help everyday! My faith in Christ is not about how strong I am, it is about how strong He is! The wonderful truth of Scripture is that although you and I need help, God is “a very present help in time of trouble.” He is worth trusting!