Posted by: pastortomvabeach | March 3, 2015

Thought For The Week March 8, 2015

First let me thank Pastor Doug Crabb for filling in for me the past two weeks. Due to the schedule we were on, I asked him to take over the “thinking” for a couple of weeks. Not that I didn’t have any thoughts (maybe one or two), but I didn’t think I would have time to write them down.

The last time I wrote, I encouraged you all to seek the Lord to help you see yourself as being on a mission to take the gospel to our community. I encouraged you to begin to pray for people you know who need to find Jesus. Please keep at that.

Did you ever stop to ask yourself what it was that not yet Christians need? What is it that makes Christianity different from other religions? What do we tell people when we share the gospel?

The plain and simple answer to those questions is Jesus! Christianity is all about a person who was named Jesus because He would save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). When we get the opportunity to share our faith, when the Holy Spirit lifts the veil that blinds people’s hearts, the most important thing we can do is tell them about Jesus.

Christianity has lots of unmatched teaching, many profound doctrines, a sound philosophy of life, and even the best example of how to live (Jesus) but Christianity isn’t about following teachings, believing doctrines, practicing the right philosophy, or even following Jesus’ example. It is about following Jesus.

Jesus said the He, Himself was the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). He encouraged everyone, Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29). He said that He, Himself was the bread of life (John 6:35), the light of the world (John 8:12); the door of the sheep and the Good Shepherd (John 10:7, 11); and the resurrection and life (John 11:25). John wrote that Jesus, Himself was the Word who was God (John 1:1) who became flesh and lived among us (John 1:14). Jesus said that He, Himself was the embodiment of God the Father on earth (John 14:9-11).

Jesus didn’t invite his disciples to follow His example nor to follow His teachings. He said to them, “Follow Me.” (Matthew 4:19; Luke 5:27). Paul declared to the Corinthians, When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. (I Cor. 2:1-2 NLT). And lest we be sidetracked Jesus said that eternal life came by believing in Him (God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16).

Friends, it is so important that we resist being sidetracked in conversations with people so that we focus on how a Christian lives or what they need to do to be a Christian. The vital and central thing we must remember is that our mission is to bring people to Jesus. If we do that, the Lord is able to and will take care of the rest. He will change hearts, He will comfort hurts, He will forgive sins, He will remove guilt, He will show them how to live. If someone finds Jesus, they’ve found truth, life, rest, bread, light, and eternal life!

So may I encourage you to keep Jesus first and foremost in your life? Be like Paul and decide that you will know nothing else in life except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. If you do that you will also be able to say as did Paul, I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20). If Christ is living in us, then others can see Him and we can help them find Him. That’s a lot to think about. Happy thinking!

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