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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”—Acts 4:12 (NKJV)
As you survey the landscape of your life, what would you consider indispensible? In this day and age, a lot of people are likely to answer their tablet, or their vehicle, or their phone . . . and rightfully so! Just imagine how different your day would be without having these items at your disposal.
But dig a little deeper and look a little farther. Consider how things are going to eventually end here on earth. One day, unless the Lord returns first, death will come calling. The temporal tent you’ve been living in will finally wear out. At that moment, nothing you can put your hands on will matter. All that will matter is what’s next, a personal appearance before Almighty God, which will redefine your sense of indispensible. And you’ll define it with one word: “Jesus.”
That’s because Jesus, and Jesus alone, will be your salvation from the eternal punishment your sin deserves. Nothing and nobody else will matter in that moment, because there’s no other name in the universe that can save a soul from the holy wrath of God. Only the perfect righteousness of Christ can cover a sinner’s guilt . . . a righteousness that envelops those who place their faith in His sacrificial death on the cross. Christ is truly indispensible from an eternal perspective.
However, His indispensability isn’t just for then and there, it’s also for here and now! Jesus isn’t just the only way to Heaven, He’s also the only way we can know a satisfying earthly life. That may sound like an audacious claim, but Jesus Himself puts it this way: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35 NKJV).
Christ is saying that those who come to Him and believe in Him will never hunger or thirst, but those who don’t will be left unsatisfied. They’ll be forever hungry and thirsty, looking to satiate their souls without success. Again, Christ is truly indispensible, even from an earthly perspective.
It’s astounding how quickly our priorities can get twisted. We tend to value things we shouldn’t and easily overlook what matters most. Today, let’s keep Christ in proper view and remember how truly indispensible He is to us, both in this life and the next!
DIG: What makes Christ indispensible?
DISCOVER: How can you keep this in mind?
DISPLAY: Share this truth with someone today!
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.