I read this tract recently: It’s Human to need God, and I realized that it is so true: as human beings, as men, we need God! It’s not mainly because we are sinners that we need Him – Adam, in the garden of Eden, was not a sinner yet, and still he needed God as the tree of life to come into Him! Simply because we are human, we need God! We don’t need “religion” (a man-made way to worship God and do things for God) – our inner being thirsts and desires for God! This is what makes us human, much superior and different than any other creature: we need God! Just like we need to eat, to drink, to breathe, to exercise, etc – we need God!
In Gen. 1:26 we see clearly that man was made in the image and likeness of God – and by reading the New Testament we see that we are vessels – vessels of mercy, even vessels unto honor and vessels of glory – to contain and express God! God the Creator, as the heavenly Potter, made us as vessels to be filled with God! I can testify from my own experience that when I enjoy the Lord, when I contact Him, I am filled and my life has a meaning!
God made a spirit in man – and God Himself is Spirit – so that He may come into our spirit and make us one spirit with Him(1 Cor 6:17)! When we don’t have God in our spirit, we feel empty and dead – there is a “void” in us (Pascal called this “a God-shaped vacuum“), something that nothing else but God can fill and satisfy. There’s a longing in us for eternal things, for things that are not earthly and perishable, but things that are even of God, divine, and eternal!
This hunger in us is met by God in the Lord Jesus Christ – He came to the earth and was incarnated(Christ brought God into man, the unlimited God into a limited man), lived a perfect human life(in which He expressed God in His human living, He didn’t do anything from or for Himself, but lived a normal human life by the Father/God), died an all-inclusive death on the cross(He died for our sins, removed our sins, and broke down the barrier of sins between us and God), and resurrected on the 3rd day(in resurrection He became the life-giving Spirit). Now as such a life-dispensing Spirit He is ready & available to come into us to quench our thirst, to fill our need! All we need to do is open our heart to Him and tell Him
Lord Jesus, I need You! Thank You for dying for my sins and for becoming the life-giving Spirit! I want to receive You right now – come into me and fill me! I feel I am so empty without You!
If we are honest with ourselves & with the Lord as we say this prayer, the Lord will come in. And He will fill our heart – our need for God will be met, and we receive Christ! This will give meaning to our human life!