Ten top reasons why people tell me they resist following Jesus.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of responding to those who resist following Christ with unwise zeal. Before you fire your spiritual shotgun with blasts of Scripture pellets or perform amazing pen and ink drawings of a bridge or whip out a yellow booklet of four spiritual laws listen to what Peter said. “but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).
Somebody hold my mule! This is good advice! Who’s the Savior—Christ or us? What does God ask us to set apart—our illustrations and debate skills or Jesus as Lord? The truth that we are responsible for is the hope that we have in Christ. We are not responsible for providing the hope someone else doesn’t have. Beware of reducing Christianity to mental assent to a formula when Scripture clearly teaches the evidence of faith is a changed life! If Jesus is the truth, He will prove Himself as true to anyone who is honestly searching. Very few people reject Jesus because they conclude He is not the truth. Just the opposite, they stumble over His exclusive claims. They reject Him on the basis of pride.
Jesus never said, “You will know the truth now go set others free.” He said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). My testimony concerns what the Truth has done in my life. Yes, I’m more than excited to share anytime about that awesome, knee-bending, heart-mending, peace-sending, sin-ending, Truth! And you should be too! Praise God, that’s effulgence!
John 1:14--The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Truth is not a system, not a constitution, nor even a creed; the truth is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and He is the truth about the Father just as He is the way of the Father. Our tendency is to make truth a logical statement, to make it a principle instead of a person.—Oswald Chambers in Christian Disciplines
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)