(This is a re-post from my early blogging days – Oct. 10, 2007)
For the woman who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer– is Jesus all she needs? Or does she need someone’s shoulder to cry on, arms to embrace her and a voice to intercede on her behalf?
For the husband who just lost his job due to downsizing– is Jesus all he needs? Or does he need friends to encourage him, a wife to assure him, a church to stand with him in prayer, perhaps even financial blessings to see him through?
For the aged widow who just buried her husband– is Jesus all she needs? Or does she need meals delivered, groceries purchased, people stopping by to ‘love’ on her, others to weep with her and listen to her?
For the homeless man sleeping on the street– is Jesus all he needs? Or does he need someone to give him clean clothes, hot meals, a shower and a job?
Is Jesus all we really need?
While it is true Jesus is the only way to eternal life, it is not true that Jesus is all we really need living here on earth. We sing “He is all we need” with such gusto and our arms raised high– until a tragedy strikes and our hands fall to our sides, immobilized. Then we promptly realize our own miserable inadequacy and our desperate need for others in the flesh to stand with us, and help us.
He’s all we need until we spiral downward into depression and need someone’s hand to reach down and lift us, someone’s ears to listen gently, and someone’s eyes to shed tears of empathy by our side.
He’s all we need until we’re rushed to the emergency room, scared and alone, wishing our spouse, a neighbour, our pastor, or friend were there caring about us.
He’s all we need until our loneliness threatens to overtake us and we long for a familiar voice to talk to, a sister to laugh with, a friend to drink coffee with, or arms of a loved one to hug us.
It’s usually not until we walk through a time of pain or devastation when we realize just how much we need each other. We need the church, the body of Christ. We need people, who are created in the image of God (Gen 1:27). We need people who can bear our burdens and so fulfill Christ’s law (Gal 6:2).
Do you need Jesus? Absolutely! He is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6) But is he all you need? No. You need others who represent him; others who give you a cup of water in his name; others who are his hands and feet and arms and voice.
Your invitation to Jesus today is be(come) an active part of his Body: loving, leaning, helping, healing, learning…and living like Christ expects you to.