I don't know about you, but I need a Savior.
I don't need religion and a title of "Pentecostal" or "Baptist".
I don't need to be a part of a gathering that "thinks positive thoughts".
I need a Savior.
I need a Savior that can see my sins, and not just 'handle' them as a Friend.
I need a Savior that sees my sins, demands payment for them, and then extends mercy in a situation where no mercy is due.
At work I'm constantly mimicking Olive Oyl's cry of "Oh Popeye my hero!" for my tech support folks who keep setting up laptops for my groups of new hires - or making some system that won't support us suddenly support us. And it seems so inane, but I keep thinking about God like that.
Sometimes I'm in a situation with 20 people standing behind me... waiting... and I'm just plain out of luck if my tech support doesn't come through (And let me tell you, 20 new hires are not as humble, thankful or patient concerning their new job as you'd suppose).
In your life, it's the worst situation to be in. You're completely at the mercy of Someone else. Your sins are as scarlet, there's nowhere else to turn. You're guilty. You were born guilty, but then when you think about your life you know that you weren't just "born" guilty - you've actively committed the crimes. Greed, Lust, Murder, Lying, Cheating, Stealing... by Gods standards you are most profoundly guilty. Your only hope is to throw yourself at His mercy...........
Only to find out that his mercies are new every morning. His mercies extend beyond our hopes, beyond our fears. His mercy is greater than I need it to be. His mercy is so great that He doesn't just save me, but restores and renews every single day after that.
He's above and beyond.
And I need that Savior.
From the Aaron Shust song "My Savior My God" (song title links to video)
I take Him at His word and deed
Christ died to save me; this I read
And in my heart I find a need
Of Him to be my Savior
That He would leave His place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my Savior