But since they have no root, they last only a short time….(Matt 13:21)
While on the youth mission trip I spoke with a number of people who could tell me all about their religious backgrounds. Crosses they owned, church experienced they’d had growing up. Yet, they could tell me very little about a life transformed by the Savior.
Sometimes, those are the hardest people to reach. The ones steep in some sort of thinking that if they’re a good person who believes in God then that’s good enough. The problem is, our good deeds are like filthy rags. Friend, our goodness cannot save us. That’s why Jesus came. To save sinners. If we were good enough, then there would be no need for His death and resurrection.
Don’t you see, there’s so much more to following Him then just knowing of Him. It’s an all-out commitment to take up a brand new life. It’s a radical devotion to Jesus. Friend, there’s no turning back. We’re either all the way in with Him, following, or we’re not.
I am truly disturbed by the number of people I have spoken with over the years who believe they are saved based on their own personal goodness. To me, it is disturbing because I cannot find Scriptural support for it. Jesus says, “whoever wants to save their life will lose it,” “If anyone comes after me, they must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.”
I would never, ever try to scare someone out of hell and into heaven. However, we should all be willing to ask ourselves, if what is true about Jesus is true (there is much, much evidence historically which has proven it to be so) then where am I going when I die? Have I been made right with God through Jesus? Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes through the Father except through me.” Friend, that’s it- one way. This is good news. In fact, it’s great news, I think. One way to be made right with God and it’s through Jesus.
The Scripture says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved,” and “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Friend, this new life, this forgiveness of sin, is available for you today if you might simply switch allegiances and join with King Jesus. He is a good, loving, kind and faithful King. A generous, caring, strong and mighty Savior.
Lord, reach the lost. Use my life to reach them. Help to do that for your glory and namesake, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.