6.24.2011

Jaded to Jesus

 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. (Acts 432-35)


what good are words alone?
Imagine if you just told someone about this amazing diet you're trying, but there is no visible change in your physical health. Would they care? Your words would only make an impact if they heard you bragging about this diet while watching your waist shrink and your skin clear up. Then they would want to hear all about it.

nothing is real.
Today, most people are very selective with what they chose to listen to and very picky about what they chose to believe. We are used to seeing airbrushed people on photoshopped commercials with empty promises and unreadable fine print. People just don't believe much of anything anymore - because everything is a pitch, a sale, a gimmick.

And that same attitude carries over to the gospel. Whenever we share the gospel with someone, we have to remember that people are usually skeptical. We have to remember they've heard versions (and maybe false versions) of this same Jesus we're telling them about. We have to remember they might have tried the whole "church thing" before and it went badly.

Just like people have heard of magical diets and wonder pills that don't work and are now jaded to anything that guarantees weight loss, people have heard many things about "Jesus" and tried "churches" and are now done with it all.

we have something real.
But we have a kingdom. A kingdom that isn't like the kingdoms of this world. It's not a kingdom run by power and greed and control and money and selfishness. It's a kingdom ordered by God and demonstrated to us by Jesus, full of compassion for one another, selflessness, truth and love. A kingdom made up of people that don't live according to their will but according to the will of their Creator.

And when we bring this kingdom to our little corner of the earth, people notice. When there is a group of people living drastically different lives than the normal culture, everyone stops and stares for a second. And that's when we get to tell them about Jesus and invite them in to experience life in this kingdom.

There's no sales pitch. No propaganda. No empty promises. Just a group of people living radically different than everyone else because of one person - Jesus. People will only listen if they see that this has really changed you. And people will only care if they see that this can really change them too.

2 comments:

  1. Great post, I have been thinking a lot about this lately in regard to my neighbors. How can I serve them with the gospel on the tip of my tongue? I know that Jesus desires to create these encounters so that He may be glorified and will begin a work in them before we ever connect with them.

    We need to begin praying for those we are called to share with and continue praying during our encounters.

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  2. That's awesome.

    Ashley and I have been trying to figure out how we can be a part of our neighbors lives and serve them so that they can see the gospel in action as we share it with them with words.

    There's a couple that lives in our building that has a 2 year old and they were telling us how they have never been on a date night - so we offered to babysit for them sometime soon so they could go out together. They asked Ashley for our phone number yesterday. Excited to serve them and hoping to share more about Jesus with them soon!

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