I need saving.
For many people, one big obstacle to becoming a Christian is the idea that we don’t really need to be “saved.” We don’t need rescuing, because what is there to be rescued from? I’m not literally drowning, and I’m not homeless or addicted to drugs or anything. I’ve got a decent job, and I’m making ends meet. Might even take a vacation later this year. Besides, I volunteer in my community and generally try to make the world a better place.
The assumption is since there’s nothing to be saved from, then why do I need a Savior?
We’re sinners. All of us are. I’m a sinner. Billy Graham was a sinner. The thing you have in common with Johnny Cash, Tim Tebow, and Chuck Norris is that you’ve all done or said things that are offensive to God.
The Bible says that the wages of sin are death. But there’s a way to remedy that, to be rescued from that kind of death. The same verse that condemns us also provides a way out: “…but the gift of God is eternal life.” (Romans 6:23)
But I’m a pretty good person.
Yeah, me too. But I still don’t make the cut. Doing good things in this life is not going to help when the only solution to the sin problem is the blood of Jesus Christ. The God of the universe, who is the very essence of goodness, isn’t too impressed by the fact that you do nice things and never murdered anyone. It takes a blood sacrifice, and Jesus accomplished that on the cross.
The really great news is you don’t have to stress over it. Jesus did the hard part. All we have to do is accept the free gift of salvation, and let Him rescue us and change our lives.