“Relieving suffering without sharing Christ, is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.” Greg Pinkner

I saw this quote on facebook last night and it has stuck with me all night. We could say Relieving __________ without sharing Christ, is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. You fill in the blank with whatever you are struggling with.

Relieving hunger

Relieving depression

Relieving addiction

Relieving pain

Relieving hurt

Relieving disappointment

Without Christ, all we can offer are temporary solutions and false hope. Tim Keller in his book, Counterfeit God’s says this, “the main problem in life is sin and the only solution is God and his grace. The alternative to this view is to identify something besides sin as the main problem with the world and something besides God as the main remedy.” Think and ponder that for a minute. . . . read it again. Let that stew for a moment. It will change our lives and the lives around us when we realize that our main problem is sin in our lives and Jesus is the only solution to that.

Our main problem is not our government, our churches, our neighborhoods.

The main problem is our sin.

Psalm 51 “Have mercy on me, O God,  according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts ; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are  a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. In your good pleasure make Zion prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem. Then there will be righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings to delight you; then bulls will be offered on your altar.”

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