Our attitudes should be like Jesus (Philippians 2:5 NIV). We should learn to walk as He walked. It’s safe to say that we can’t walk on water or perform miracles, but we can walk in His ways. The Jesus way directs attention to God. The Jesus way is motivated by love. The Jesus way helps people identify the “one big thing” that is standing between them and God and salvation.
In Mark 10:17-22 NIV, we learn about a rich,young ruler who asked Jesus what he must do to obtain eternal life. The one big thing that was holding him back from salvation was his wealth. Do you identify with the rich, young ruler? Have you dealt with the one big thing that is holding you back from a relationship with Jesus?
Is anybody’s life a cake walk, perfect and rosy? The state of the human race, if you look at the news, reveals to us that we are incapable of living peaceful lives one with another. Life can be extremely messy hindered by financial stress, self-imposed health problems, rebellious children, divorce, conflict with our neighbors, dishonesty, crime and fear. We should be able to live the good life, but it seems to be out of our reach. Why is life so difficult?
Jesus tells us in John 10:10, “The thief (Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy., but I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Life is difficult because we are all sinners from birth (Psalm 51:5), and our best efforts on our own are not good enough (Isaiah 64:6).
There is hope! There is a solution! Jesus gives us the opportunity to be made a new creation and spiritually alive – not repaired or fixed – but new (2 Corinthians 5:17). When you accept Christ as your Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within you. Then your life has new potential and new meaning. Romans 8:13 tells us, “If you do what your sinful old selves want you to do, you will die in sin. But if, through the power of the Holy Spirit, you destroy those actions to which the body can be led, you will have life.” If you are in Christ, you have the potential to have an abundant life and experience God’s favor and blessings. God made a plan to intervene through Jesus, and He offers new life as a gift. God wants everyone to come to repentance and have an abundant life.
You have a choice. Are you ready to trust Christ as your Savior and become a new creation?
As a follower of Jesus, we are all on a mission from God. Our mission is to tell others the Good News about getting a second chance (John 3:17). God didn’t send Jesus to condemn us, but to save us. No matter your past, you can have a fresh start. Our mission is to tell others what God has promised. He has promised to make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6), and that He will meet all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). Our mission is to tell others that a life of obedience to Christ can turn your life around (Matthew 28:20). Our mission is to tell others that Jesus is always with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9 and Matthew 28:20). In Christ, you are not alone.
What’s on your lips? The Good News? When was the last time you shared the Good News? The Resurrection changes everything. Make a difference for eternity and pass it on!
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:19 NIV
Jesus Christ came to this world on a rescue mission. He came to seek and to save. He came to make a difference in our lives. Sometimes we are guilty of living as if He was never here at all. Sometimes we act like He is still dead and the tomb is still occupied. If He is dead, then we have no hope and no reason to be here. Easter changes everything! The reality is that we have a living Christ, the tomb is empty, and the throne is occupied. The Resurrection of Jesus changes everything! The Resurrection opens up Heaven for all who believe.