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Above, you see a lot of choices and a lot of things people try. And you know what, I have met a lot of people who would tell me they couldn’t live without a few of them…but I have also had people tell me that some of the above just “didn’t do it for me”.
Yet, I think about all of the people I have ever met in my life…and all of the conversations I have had, and not one time have I ever heard someone say that Jesus “didn’t do it for me”. The truth is, as the Bible tells us over and over again, in different ways, He will never let us down.
Today, I want to talk about a couple of key points regarding this…and the importance of Connecting Every Life to Jesus. This campaign focuses on two areas, internal and external.
In Acts 4:13, it says, “The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.”
What a beautiful passage of the Bible. It is vital that we see, here, that Peter and John did not have an “M. Div” (Masters of Divinity), nor any theological seminary training. They were fueled by passion for the message. For most of us, that passion, along with the Holy Spirit, is what propels us into the world to be the kind of Christian we strive to be. You can make an impact in the world, without being tied to an official ministry, just by following the words of Jesus…and more importantly, trying to become more like him every single day.
Before I came to know Jesus I was not the kind of person I am today. I lived a life without integrity, without love for anything other than myself, and…as a result, without peace. Jesus Christ changed all of that for me. And, if you look back at your life, at some point you too may have had a moment in which you realized the difference that Jesus makes in your life. The transformation between who you were, alone, and who you are now, with Jesus.
That’s part one…the internal. Before we can truly help share the gospel of Jesus, and work to Connect Every Life to Him, we must have had a transformation on the inside first.
This world can be a brutal, scary, and dark place. What I find, as I grow older, is that the further away a situation gets from Jesus, the more dire the outcome that happens. As we witness the culture in this country, and others, flow away from the blood of the Cross, we see disasters begin to take place. Just as in our own life, the lives of the whole world will be impacted, negatively, by living away from Him. There are consequences to actions, and I fear we will see more and more of these consequences as we continue to veer away from God’s pure and perfect plan. Why is this happening? Because, as a whole, I see people, organizations..and even our own country making decisions based off of what “we the people” want, rather than what the word of God calls for. This all comes from the exact place, a feeling of emptiness, that can only be replaced by the love and grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
I firmly believe, that if we can internally connect, or re-connect to Jesus, and turn that passion into a propellant to fuel our boldness in the world, and proudly claim to be followers of Christ, that things will change. We need to make people see that Jesus Christ will never take you half way. His love is perfect, powerful, and persistent. He is the only one that offers us hope, in this life, and after.
There is nothing else in the world that can satisfy all people, forever, except Jesus. Why is connecting Every Life to Jesus so important? Because, of all of the things we see going on in the world, and all that is going on in your own world, there is truly just one thing we need to do to fix all of it…Connect To Jesus.
Have a great week…and may God bless you in an amazing way, today.
In His Name,
Eric J. Wasson