Bring All To Christ

Hello loves, I apologize for my absence here. Recent months have proved to be more difficult that I have wanted, but it’s alright. We all receive healing when it’s needed, and we grow through the seasons in between. It’s been a time of quietness, of reflection, and of teaching, and I hope to share more with you all in coming weeks.


“There are many sorts of broken hearts, and Christ is good at healing them all.” {Charles H. Spurgeon}

This past month, I felt led to read through the Gospel of Luke, and I came across this verse:

“As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of His hand healed every one.” Luke 4:40

What are we called to do as Christians? In Micah 6:8, we are commanded to do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.

To do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. 

In the church, we most obviously have the tendency of deciding who can and cannot be saved. We, hypocritically,  love to point fingers and say, “Look at this sinner, and what he’s done. How could he ever be loved by God, let alone saved by Him?”

Keep in mind the company Jesus kept.

He called mere fishermen to walk with Him.

He dined with a tax collector.

He talked with a prostitute.

He surrounded Himself with the lowest people of the society. That’s because Jesus didn’t see a prostitute, or a tax collector, or a thief, or a sinner; He saw a child of God. Look at the story of the demon-possessed man in Luke 8:26-39. Jesus was not afraid of this man. He didn’t view him as a filthy creature, He viewed him as a man in need of a Savior. As the pastor of our church said on Sunday, “Jesus saw the demon-possessed man not as he was, but as he should be.”

He sees the humanness of the sinner, and so strongly desires for them to live a life of freedom through His sacrifice. 

We (meaning, we that were raised in church, attend weekly Bible study groups, most likely have Philippians 4:13 posted in a social media bio somewhere, etc.) have a tendency and desire to associate with people who are exactly like us. The people who talk, think, live, and probably even dress precisely as we do.

We, who gossip in the form of prayer requests.

We, whose actions are most likely indistinguishable from those of the world, despite what our Sunday morning sermons attempt to teach our stubborn hearts.

We, who actively deem people unworthy of the sacrifice of Christ.

But what we must remember that it is not only us, the regular church-goers, that are called to the Kingdom of God. God calls and longs for everyone else to experience the glorious gift of salvation through Christ, and ultimately, His kingdom.

“As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of His hand healed every one. Many were possessed by demons; and the demons came out at His command, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But because they knew He was the Messiah, He rebuked them and refused to let them speak. Early the next morning, Jesus went out to an isolated place. The crowds searched everywhere for Him, and when they finally found Him, they begged Him not to leave them. But He replied, “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, because that is why I was sent.” So He continued to travel around, preaching in synagogues throughout Judea.” {Luke 4:40-44}

Jesus didn’t stay in one place. He didn’t preach in a mega-church and encourage people to bring their friends, bribing them with gift-cards from the local coffee shop. He didn’t write books from the comfort of a well-furnished home. While He was the Teacher, He was also a servant. We have been told countless times to follow the ways of our Savior. Dear friends, pay close attention to this example. He preached the Gospel to various towns, to various people groups. He periodically sought times of solitude, to pray and to rest; afterwards moving on to continue the mission He was sent to fulfill.

What good is a light that is hidden? The Gospel is as the sun. It is wonderfully powerful and so very important to life, if it was to be hidden the whole earth would suffer, and eventually perish. While choosing to share or not share the Good News does not change what it is, the events that follow are drastically different.

I pray that God will change us to love as He loves, that we will serve with the heart and mind of Christ. That we will love without hesitation, and that we will share the Gospel fearlessly. That our very lives will testify to the glorious gift of grace extended by God our Father. May we remember how we once were; dead in our sin, with no escape. By the sacrifice of our precious Lord, our debt was paid. By His resurrection, we have hope. This is the Good News. This is the Gospel. And there are so many that need to hear it.

The girl who has a reputation? Invite her for coffee, write her a letter of encouragement. That college student that has avoided the church since their youth? Extend an invitation to yours. Live your life shamelessly, brightly shining as an example of the changing love of God. The person that hurt you? Extend love and forgiveness, no matter what their reaction may be. 

Show Christ to all, no matter their worldly identity, for these very people are your lost brethren. Help lead them home, to the love of the Father. 

In Christ, with so much love,

Jessi

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?  “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told himJesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me? “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus saidA third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.” {John 21:15-17}

2 thoughts on “Bring All To Christ

  1. Wow, Jessi…this was seriously one of the best blog posts I’ve ever read. So truthful, so challenging, and so encouraging. You spoke the harsh truth with grace and genuine love and it was convicting and beautiful. Thank you, sister! ❤

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