John 12:32 (NIV)
“32 ‘And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’”
“The Greek for lifted up also means exalted.”
The world is running around constantly searching for God, they don’t know it but God is Who they are looking for. They think they are looking for a relationship, a job, a house, etc anything they think can fill the void in their hearts but when they finally have all these things they are never satisfied. Deep down though they may not know it, they are desparately searching for Someone who is standing right there in front of them holding out His hand, and that someone is God. They just can’t see Him or they don’t want to either way they are stuggling to make it through when they don’t have to. As Followers of Christ and God’s children we are a representative of who God is. Our mission is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world. As a church we tend to lose sight of what it was Jesus asked us to do. We try to bring people into the church by copying the world. Pushing the line to see how far we can go and it still be church. Jesus never said to disguise our churches in the ways of the world so people will come in. Jesus said in John 12:32 to lift Him up and all men will be drawn to Him. Not our programs, not our worship team, not our church picnics, or pastors. Lift up Jesus and men will be drawn to Him. If we are not preaching the Gospel, if we are not having altar calls, then what are we doing ?
In the Bible, Paul’s walk was both amazing and powerful. Why ? because Paul not only preached the Gospel everywhere he went, but he believed it and preached it wholeheartedly. Paul’s obedience to God impacts us to this day. Billy Graham, one of the greatest evangelists of today preached the Gospel and millions of people have gotten saved at his revivals. Why ? Because He lifted up Jesus and in lifting up Jesus the Holy Spirit was able to move on the hearts of the people that listened. What is your legacy going to be ? Don’t you want to be someone who is remembered for being a man/woman who lived wholeheartedly for God, who walked in obedience to God, and who taught others about Jesus? Man is thirsty, they need the life giving water that is Jesus, when we disguise God’s Word we deprive people from the Only One Who can set them free. When we speak about Jesus and what He has done for us then we speak God’s power, we speak Life, We speak Hope, We speak Love. God doesn’t use our words to save people, He uses His. The Holy Spirit responds to The Father’s Words.
If you’ve been trying to draw people into your church by imitating the world then please ask God to forgive you and start speaking the Gospel again. Preach the Gospel in it’s entirety, don’t try to hold back because you are afraid to offend someone. If you do you are committing the biggest offense against them you possibly can. Depriving them of Knowing that there is One True God, Who loves them, and Who sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for their sins so that they don’t have to be separated from God in eternal judgement forever. Jesus is the Only way to be saved and in Jesus we are forgiven of the offenses we have committed against God. Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Let the world know that they need a Saviour, then let them know that Jesus is their Saviour. We can never love others to the extent that God does, but we can show a huge act of love by boldly sharing with them the only One who can love them unconditionally. Remember The Great Commission.
Jesus is the only Way, please accept Him today. The Bible says in Romans 10:9
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Pray this prayer with your mouth: Father God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I am in need of Your Son Jesus. I beleive that You sent Your Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins, I believe that He rose again, and I believe that he is the only way that I can be made right with You Father God. Please be my Lord and Saviour Jesus, I ask You to come into my heart and forgive me of the sins I have committed against You. Please help me to be the man/woman you created me to be. In Jesus name I Pray Amen.
If you just prayed that prayer, you are saved and you are forgiven. It would be good to purchase a Bible and find a local church to attend.
Matthew 28:16-20 New International Version (NIV)
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Accompanying Song: Give Me Jesus By: Bethel Music