In the Bible, there are several references where Jesus bids someone, “Follow Me.” Still today, He says the same.
Jesus is not asking people to add Him to their lives (as is done with religion) and keep living according to their own will. He is asking people to come out from—as if to divest interest in—one’s life and immerse themselves into His. For those who choose to follow Him by faith, Jesus promises abundant life, peace of mind, freedom from darkness and many other powerful benefits.
God is moving His people from a place of ISOLATION (only ministering to church attendees) to INFLUENCE (actively reaching out to unbelievers to minister God’s love). Jesus’ example shows that the Lost are not to be avoided or condemned. This doesn’t mean that we condone behavior that is contrary to God’s Word; we, as Christians, are to be compassionate and moved with the same love Jesus exhibits for us.
No matter what a person has done, what they believe, their lifestyle choice, their social standing, their political views…Jesus died for the salvation of ALL so we could be made right with Him.
CHALLENGE: This week, go through each day, alert and ready to share God’s love! Then, share with at least one person.
- Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
- Mark 16:15 (NIV) – He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.