Don’t Just Be A Church-Goer
As I walk through a shopping mall, I see a very long line of people. I look to the start of the line and see a counter with a sign that says ‘Redemption’. The people in the line are holding on to their receipts waiting for their turn to arrive at the counter where they will present their receipts as proof they have spent that required amount in the mall that entitles them to redeem a gift. Most of them probably like to think it is a free gift but truth is, they have paid for their purchases in exchange for the gift. So is that really a free gift? As I am thinking about this, I hear an announcement over the public address system saying that a particular gift has been fully redeemed and thus no longer available. I wonder what those people who are lining up for that particular item would be thinking. Settle for their second preferred option, I guess?
Redemption. A word that is much associated with our Christian faith. We receive redemption when we believe and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Out of His great love for all, God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the Cross to redeem us from the penalty of our sin which is eternal death.
Ephesians 1:7 (NKJV)
In Him [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
The redemption we have through Jesus is unlike the scene in the shopping mall. They have to pay a price to make a purchase to redeem the gift. Not only that, the gift is limited in supply. That redemption is conditional. I who have not purchased anything or have not met the purchase amount, can join the line for all I want. But when I arrive at the person who dispenses the redemption, I do not qualify to receive the gift.
But the gift of new and eternal life in Jesus Christ, is given freely to whosoever that believes. The price of our redemption has been paid by Jesus on the Cross. This gift of salvation is given out of God’s great love and rich grace that never ever run out.
If we would pause and consider and look into the depth of the souls of the people lining up in the mall, we will recognize what they truly need is not what is offered at the redemption counter. They need the Good News of Jesus Christ and His salvation. Do they all want it? I am not certain. But what I know is in Mark 16:15 (NLT), Jesus instructs us, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone”. Not just to someone whom we think wants to hear it. Not just to those who would smile at us when we share the Gospel. Not just to those whom we regard as ‘more open’. Jesus never requires of us to have a checklist of criteria, analyze the people, evangelize only if all the boxes in the list have been checked. He is telling us to just go, preach, make disciples of not selected people, but of all nations.
Purpose in your heart and mind to always get on with Jesus’ Great Commission to us in your everyday life. When you do so, you are going to see a long line of people every day, waiting for you to evangelize to and make disciples of. What are you waiting for?
My friends, let us not just be church-goers. We go to church to worship God, lift His Name up, receive His Word and become a stronger Body of Christ, so that we can go and be the church in our world, and bring them into the Body of Christ. Don’t just be a church-goer. Go and be the church right where you are every day.
Jesus tells us in John 4:35 (NKJV), “…Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”
Let us go, therefore, to be the worker for our Lord Jesus to gather the harvest into His glorious Kingdom.
Join me in this prayer.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for the blood of Jesus on the Cross that has redeemed me from all sin and shame. I thank You when Jesus rose from the dead, I have been given the same resurrection power in my life. I thank You, Father, that not only have You redeemed me, You have called me to bring this Good News of Your redemption and salvation to the ends of the earth. Use me, Father, as Your anointed fisher of men, always letting down the nets and filling the nets with an abundant harvest of souls for Your Kingdom. Let all children, men and women of God rise up as Your workers until Your Kingdom come and Your will done on this earth as it is in heaven. Praise You, Jesus. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.”