This year’s flu shot has only been 23% effective. It has been the wrong medicine against this year’s batch of bugs. It’s not the first time we have used the wrong medicine. Just ask poor George Washington whose doctors bled him to death. Often we try the wrong thing. This past week protesters blocked a major highway into Boston. This weekend there are hundreds of thousands of people hating their cause.
Sometimes parents try harsh methods of discipline only to drive their children away. Some people in a quest for spiritual enlightenment go to the wrong place for solace. When God told us not to worship other gods He was attempting to keep us from wasting our time, energy and devotion on something that could not help.
There is nothing wrong with self-determination and dedication to self-improvement as long as one does not rely only on self. One of those gods not to worship is self. There is no such thing as a self-made man or woman. Part of true success is recognizing one’s need and reliance on the efforts and successes of those who preceded us.
Jesus is the right medicine for our personal needs. Jesus said, “Come unto me all you that are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” It is the best and only universal prescription for any and all human needs. Are you despondent? Jesus is the right medicine. Are you lonely? Jesus is the right medicine. Are you overwhelmed with guilt? Jesus is the right medicine. Are you in need of a life purpose? Jesus will help you find it. Are you in need of eternal life? Jesus is the right and only medicine.
Written by Roger Bothwell on January 19, 2015
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