The German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche is attributed with the saying “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” I don’t think that’s true. If you have been through the place where death was poised to claim you, physically, mentally, or emotionally, you will be weak on the other side. But that is best because when I am weak, He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-11). In weakness, He holds me and if He did not I could not make it on my own. He’s never failed me and now I find the more I need Him the more I love Him. The more I love Him the closer I feel Him to me. This is the way we are made and if we are too prideful to admit we are needy, we risk walking alone and lonely.
If you hold tightly to the Master’s hand you will never walk alone and you’ll never be as strong as you are in weakness. No human strength can compare to His power and love and might. In His power, there lies forgiveness, mercy, love, and grace. He can easily walk away from us and lose not one ounce of strength, yet when we walk away from Him, we’ve lost it all. He’s all that matters, He’s all we need; if we have Him, we have everything, if we do not, we have nothing, and we must remember those who don’t believe, will be forever lost when their time on earth is done.
We can afford to have compassion for those who are perishing because, they cannot see the glory and majesty of His life-giving love and some never will. Yet God holds the gate a few more minutes to wait for the last one who will come. If we truly understand what eternity is about we would weep forever for those who are lost. We are them, only the light has been turned on for us and if not for that we have no hope as well. If we have no hope, we have no safety, security, or serenity. I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see the glorious light of the Savior who died for me. How can I be selfish and self-righteous when, there for the grace of the Lord go I? If no one reaches a hand to pull those in mortal danger to safety, who will save them?
He surely doesn’t need us, but the lost need a flesh and blood hand reaching out to love the unlovable, to reach the unreachable, to lay down their rights to belittle and denigrate those who hate us for the sake of the gospel. We carry the gospel within us; it’s the air we breathe; there is no life without it, yet with it we have abundant life with all the assurances of eternity just around the bend while others see only darkness up ahead, not knowing what it is, but afraid enough to act like it doesn’t matter, claiming they are not afraid. If Christ had not saved you, where would you be? Wade out into the masses on their way to Hell and give the message you have heard. He is able to save; He is willing to save; He is always near. Look to Heaven and find your strength to go out and save the world.