How do we approach or view Jesus Christ? Is He our saviour? Our Friend? Our Healer? Lord? Is there more to Him than these?

In approaching the Almighty, we expect to find an invincible, infinite God who is able to satisfy our every need, the greatest being our need for salvation. We want Him to be a unilateral fount of salvation, strength, resources, instructions and solutions. That’s our idea of love. Is all Jesus is to us what He has done on the cross for us? Or is there more to Him than what He has done?

In a poignant way, Jesus invites us into friendship. No longer a Master-servant relationship, but a mutually committed friendship. It is puzzling because while He is perfectly capable to be our friend, He invites us to be His, and to listen to Him as He shares His burdens. But such is Jesus, the Son of Man. Can we handle such vulnerability on the part of Jesus? Have we in our twisted way reduced Him to a Boss figure that is task-oriented, like us? In our heartfelt cry, “use me Lord” have we in our performance oriented culture totally missed the point?”

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Dr. Tan Soo-Inn

A popular author and preacher, Dr Tan Soo-Inn is a Director of Graceworks, a ministry committed to promoting spiritual friendship in church and society. Ready to be a dentist after being trained in Singapore, he answered God’s call to go into full-time church-related ministry in 1981 and obtained his Master of Theology from Regent College, Vancouver, Canada, in 1984. In 2006, he obtained his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, California. His primary passions include connecting the word of God to the struggles of daily life, and the promotion of the discipline of spiritual friendship. And football fans alert – he’s an Arsenal supporter since 1971! He is also a Star Wars fan.