Thursday, 23 June 2016
"I brought my children to church but not to Jesus"
I can not give credit to the person who said it but only to who said it to me, my sister. But as we were discussing that thought, we were just floored. How close to the truth but yet so far off. If we think bringing our children to church will guarantee them a relationship with Jesus we are wrong. But if I introduce my kids to Jesus, they will go to church.
Now I take this one step further, thankful as I am that my children know Jesus personally. To whom am I bringing others? Am I trying to get my friends and acquaintances to church? Or am I pointing them to Jesus?
When we meet people of different faiths are we arguing over what they believe vs. what we believe? Are we arguing points of theology? Or are we introducing people to Jesus?
Maybe we can't do that because we don't know Jesus. Maybe we don't know Jesus personally, we have only heard of Him. Because, to love Him, you need to see Him and know Him. Do we really know the Jesus we want to bring others to? Are we agreeing to a statement of faith while having ourselves lost that personal and intimate relationship with Jesus?
Can I/we say like Job: "My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you" (Job 42:5)
I don't want to bring people to a building or a Statement of Faith, or to Four Spiritual Laws. I want to draw others to a deep, personal and meaningful relationship with Jesus. And to do that I must have that kind of relationship with him myself.
....Jesus let me fall in love with you again and again... ...