Summary: A real look at our greatest need, forgiveness. Have you recieved it?
What is your greatest need?
There are times in life when we just want so much out of it that we forget to consider what has really happened to us. Like the wasp that’s so busy tasting the sweetness of the Jam that its oblivous to the fact that its body has just been severed in half..... It forgets its greatest need for a split the result is death...
I suppose you can ask a variety of people ‘what is our greatest need?’ And no doubt you would get a variety of answers from money, success, possessions, good health to have a loving family. These things are not bad in themselves but often like the wasp they can distract from what truly is our greatest need!
‘People today know exactly what they want, but is it what they need?’
As we look at ourselves in the west today we are more affluent than ever before and you would not be wrong in thinking that materialism is our greatest need.
The Enlightenment dictum: Cogito ergo sum’ (I think therefore I am) has been changed to ‘Tesco ergo sum’ I shop therefore I am. ‘
As we look into the lives of people in the west we find a real superficiality they say we have never had it so good. Yet for many who have tasted so much of the benefits of materialism and the accolade of fame, we find that rather than them being happy with their lot so many are deeply troubled. For many lives appears meaningless a chasing after the wind as King Solomon said.
French philospher Jean-Paul Sartre said, “There is something about the glory, the horror and boredom of being human” that cries out for an answer beyond us.
In 2003 Mike Tyson was declared bankrupt he owed a stretch limo firm $309,000. A year earlier he had spent $174,,000 on a white gold necklace with 80 carats of diamonds. He once splashed out $140,000 on two white Bengal tigers and $1.5 million on four Bentleys in one afternoon. The staff at Versace in Ceasers Mall in Las Vegas will never forget the time Tyson and his entourage left the shop with $250,000 worth of gear. Currently in 2005 after his defeat against journeyman Kevin McBride he owes creditors $30 million dollars.
Mike Tyson was interviewed after his final defeat against journeyman Kevin McBride, “Who am I? What am I? I don’t even know. I’m just a dumb child whose been abused and robbed by lawyers, I’m Just a fool who thinks he’s someone.”
On the other side of the coin there are those who are poor who are still crying out the same questions as iron Mike Tyson. For them too life becomes just as futile and meaningless exercise. In fact many have given up a long time ago.
Just go down to any of the major cities of our country and see the destitute people living upon our streets. They have nothing, many have given up and live a life of prostitution, alcoholism and drug addiction and abuse.
(8 million people die a year as a result of poverty) Make poverty history is to be commended, but where the real poverty lies is not in the feeding of this world the end of global debt but in our relationship with God it needs to be restored. How many are dying with out Jesus Christ?