Last week I was casually asked what I was doing for the weekend. I told the man who asked that I was really excited about an upcoming event at church. I was really surprised by the way this man’s face was surprised and quickly responded with, “Well that’s good for you”.
The fact is that it is good for me but it’s also good for you too just like it’s good for this man I was talking to. I see this man nearly every week and I want for him to realize knowing Jesus is good for him and that he is missing out.
This isn’t the first time I’ve been given this response when I mention church or the name Jesus. The reality is that Jesus is for everyone. He can be your choice too. He isn’t for the “good” or the ones that seem to naturally love him first. Jesus is for the severely bruised and broken. He is for the ones who think they are strong enough without him. He is for the ones who think they’ve done too many bad things in order to be loved. He is for the ones you think are too far gone–beyond hope. Maybe that is you or maybe it’s someone you know.
The beautiful truth is that Jesus is a universal hope that we can all have. You don’t have to be perfect or belong to a church in order to believe in the promises that the Lord has given us. The old testament tells us about a prostitute named Rahab. She had a unhealthy reputation and she would of been the last person that would of been viewed as favored or blessed by the Lord. In fact, people would of labeled her as being too far from the Lord to ever have been loved by the Lord yet alone saved by him. Yet that is exactly what the Lord did–he loved her and saved her.
Sometimes people assume that the Lord could never love them because, like Rahab, they have done too many bad things. However, that is exactly why Jesus came here to live on earth as a man…to love the sinners. He came to show us that we aren’t loved because we do good things or even appear good to others around us. He came to live amongst us to prove his love for us so that we can join him in heaven for eternity.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”