This should be an easy question to answer for the Christian. But I think sometimes we try so hard that we fall short. We make it much more difficult than it has to be. We try to point out the things Christians shouldn’t do instead of what they should do. Don’t cuss, don’t steal, don’t commit adultery, etc.. When we should be telling them about Jesus and how much he loves them, that he went to the cross and died for them. He doesn’t expect them to have it all together before they can accept his gift. He just wants them to follow him.
Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.Romans 10:4
You see, everything is wrapped up, completed and solved in Christ. We bring people to Christ by helping them see the truth, grace, healing, and forgiveness that he offers. If we want them to turn and repent…If we truly want to see people saved, not just be declared right, we need to show them Jesus.
We show people who Jesus is by sharing, and showing, and living out the gospel.
If we truly share the gospel, people should see the very character of Jesus in the daily lives that we live. Do people know that you’re a Christian without you having to tell them? I think this is what separates religion and a relationship with Christ. They see Christ in the way we love, in the way we treat everyone no matter who they are.
In order to share the gospel we must give an account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
The Gospel is the best news you’ll ever get. God has come to you through Christ to show His love, share His life, save from sin, and shut down religion.
As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.Mark 1: 16-20
They were fishermen, and yet that is what Jesus wanted them to become. Only he wanted them to catch men, not fish.
The parallel between the way that Rabbis obtain pupils by being pursued by the pupils and Jesus selecting his own disciples is interesting to me. I had never thought of this until the pastor pointed it out this morning. Jesus catches his followers for the Kingdom and equips them to share in His task, to become fishers who catch men.
These men didn’t hesitate. They dropped their nets and followed him. When the call comes we can respond one of three ways: Yes, No, Ignore.
Can you leave your place of comfort to surrender your life to the call? It will change the way you live. You won’t always know ahead of time where He will lead you, but you don’t have to be afraid. Are you willing to leave your place of comfort and step into the unknown because God places a call on your life. It is a bit scary, but if you’ll trust in him, stay close to him in prayer, you’ll be surprised what he can do with the gifts you’ve been given.
The disciples left the comfort and their families to follow the call on their lives. I’ve often wondered about the families they left behind. But, I imagine they, too, realized the importance of this calling.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.Hebrews 11:1
Faith can be described by two words – confidence and assurance. Both need a secure beginning and end point. The beginning is believing in God’s character – He is who He says He is. The ending is believing in God’s promises. He will do what He says He will do.
Grace may seem foreign to us. Grumbling and arguing are the surest signs that someone is struggling with the idea of grace. We are in a constant state of war with ourselves and others. This is because we are working against the call of Christ on our lives. But it really is simple…follow me and I’ll make you something more.
Every day we choose to follow something. Who are you following and will it get you to where you wish to be? Christ says “follow me” because that’s where the grace is.
This morning’s message at Milan Christian Church is a message of hope in a time when we all desperately need it. Jon Porter, our pastor, provides a down to earth message that will challenge you to look at the Gospel of Jesus and to lean into God, you’ll be amazed at where He will take you. It can be scary but you can trust in Him.