Perceiving our Greatest Need

“If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, he would have sent an economist. If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist. If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician. If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor.

But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death; and he sent us a Savior.”

— D. A. Carson

The above was reblogged from Take Your Vitamin ZPerceiving our Greatest Need.

When we read the Bible, it’s just so important to keep the grand narrative always in mind because we sometimes tend to chase certain subjects down the rabbit hole and ultimately lose sight of the Cross. The Bible isn’t primarily about fixing the political systems of the world, curing hunger or disease, tackling income inequality, or any of the other temporal issues we face in a fallen Creation, however worthy these endeavors may be.

It’s about God loving us such that He sent his Son to live the sinless life that we never possibly could in order to offer us our only hope of ever reconciling with him, defeating our sin nature, and inheriting the kingdom of God for eternity, where we will live forever in joy and peace with God and all of our brothers and sisters in Christ, no longer slaves to sin.

God gave us his Word not to provide a history of the world or as a guide to solve social ills. He provided it so that we can understand what He has done for us and what He is offering to us. He sent it to tell the redemption story and how you and I can accept his free and most precious gift.

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