Recently I was reflecting on a devotional I had read in Oswald Chamber’s “My Utmost For His Highest” that talked about what kind of help we as humans truly need and the necessity of the cross.
Oswald pointed out that many people act like what the world needs is just a “little bit of love” but the truth is we are in need of major surgery. At times we down play our need for a savior, our lostness, and pretend that all we need is a little touch up. Chambers offers an uppercut to this type of theology when he says, “When you find yourself face to face with a person who is spiritually lost, remind yourself of Jesus Christ on the cross. If that person can get to God in any other way, then the Cross of Christ is unnecessary. If you think you are helping lost people with your sympathy and understanding, you are a traitor to Jesus Christ.” Wow! He definitely did not mince words, but I do not think this was done for dramatic effect but because Oswald realized the damage “a little bit of love” theology does in our lives and others.
As Christians may we stand strong and present the truth of God’s word, that we are lost, we are in need of saving, and that saving comes through Jesus Christ alone. May our faith be firmly rooted in the message of Jesus Christ, not on a self-help plan to become a nice person. So as you live this day may you not just offer sympathy and understanding, but may you life Jesus up.
Chambers, Oswald My Utmost for His Highest: Updated Edition. Updated ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers, 1992.