Can we please get real? Can we tell people the truth when we invite them to be Jesus followers? How many times have we heard the great “health and wealth” line? How many times have we told people that coming to Jesus will bring them a peace and joy and life like they have never experienced before? This may be true, just not like they are expecting…
Do we make it sound like their problems will disappear at the foot of the cross? We have to STOP! What disappears at the foot of the cross is our SIN. Jesus takes the burden of our sin upon Himself. He has already done that. But the sin that is in the world does not go away.
Matthew 5:45 says it rains on the just and on the unjust.
Romans 5:3 “Not only so but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
What about Job? Remember him?
Forty-two time sufferings is used in the New Testament. ”Happy”? Twenty times total in the whole Bible.
We need to make sure people know what they are saying “Yes” to! Jesus Christ IS the answer. He says in John 14 6 “I am the way, the truth, the life and NO ONE comes to the Father except through Me.” And that is the FACT.
But I could fill this post with Jesus followers who right now who are going through the trial of their lives. They are walking a path that is anything but happy. They are going to their Father with heavy hearts, tears and weariness. But they are clinging to Him because they know amidst the storm, HE is their lifeline. Because if it was about how they feel instead of what they know, they would have ditched this Jesus thing.
So it isn’t about avoiding the pain. Why? Because that’s impossible. It’s about having a Father who understands through the pain. Because wherever you are, He has been there already.
“But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.”
“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”
I Peter 1:6
So get out there and tell people about the saving power of Jesus Christ. But make sure you don’t “trick” them into something Jesus never promised. Give them the truth. This may be the hardest path you’ve ever walked. But in the end, it is oh so worth it.