I still needed Jesus

Recently, my wife and I had the pleasure of joining a younger couple around a table for a meal. This was the first time we had all properly met as this was a new friendship but we knew they were something special and a good friendship was imminent. We were the first to arrive at the restaurant and we were the last to leave.

As we talked and laughed, we started to talk about how we had come to meet Jesus for the first time.

The young man told his story first. It was crazy, horrifying and funny. All about his past, his childhood and his time as a teenager. All before he met Jesus. But when he met Jesus he did so in such a powerful way that it changed his behaviours forever and changed his life.

His beautiful wife, who was pregnant with their first child, shared her story about how she didn’t want anything to do with God and purposely ran away from anything to do with him. She was happy to take part in anything that helped her run. It wasn’t pretty. But it ended in a miraculous way with Jesus taking over her heart.

My wife shared her story. I have heard it many times before. Parts of this story have been written in books before but it never fails to amaze me; Abuse. Anger. Drugs. Shame. Alcohol. Suicidal. A spiraling life style that ended in Jesus pulling her from that life and ultimately, saving her life. A powerful testimony.

“So Rob, what is your story”, Taylor asked. Well, it’s pretty boring. I have never taken drugs. I have been drunk once (age 17). I have held a cigarette once but not smoked it. I just tried to look cool, ended up with smelly fingers and didn’t do it again. I went to church at Christmas and Easter and then started to go more regularly because I made friends with some of the boys there and we played football after the meetings. I properly met Jesus just before I was 18 yrs old at a Christian music event.

But the truth of it all is that I still needed Jesus.

Many churches will talk about the amazing testimonies like the ones shared at the table. The ones that sound like a Hollywood movie. The drugs. The crazy. The ‘Jesus rescued me’. But you’ll rarely hear the normal, boring and ‘it just happened’ testimonies like mine.

But the truth of it all is that I still needed Jesus.

I still needed His salvation.

The word salvation is used 41 times in the New Testament. 36 of these times, it is translated from the word ‘Soteria’ (sot-a-ree-a) which means “a state of not being in grave danger”.

I was never high on drugs or finding identity in gangs, but I was in ‘grave danger’. I was in grave danger of living a life that was ok. A life that was fine. But a life without Jesus is only, at most, a life half lived. I want a life that is more than fine and better than ok. A life with Jesus means that I have a life that will continue in heaven and not stop when my body does. A life that resonates the power of the almighty God. A life that can change lives. I was in the same ‘grave danger’ as the others were when the drugs were flowing.

I had a good life with a family that loved me and my future was going to be good.

But the truth of it all is that I still needed Jesus.

I still needed His salvation.


Much love. Rob


7 thoughts on “I still needed Jesus

  1. Love reading your short passages. I always recognise God working in you. Please keep your uplifting, challenging, encouraging blogs. Xx

    1. Thank you Cath. I’m really glad people are enjoying them because I love writing them.

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  2. This is beautiful rob we had so much fun hanging out with you guys… We can’t wait to do it again 🙂

    1. Thanks Ali. It was a great evening. Definitely looking forward to doing it again. And I’m really glad you enjoyed the blog. 🙂

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