Recently I attended a multi church night of worship in our local area. These were churches of various denominations and when I got there it was upheld as a ecumenical service (promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation.)
I support churches tearing down man-made barriers to Jesus’ church. Jesus didn’t establish denominations. Man did. Jesus didn’t promote a “Book of Prayer” or a “Catechism”… man has done that. What I would like to see and be a part of is a church that believes, trusts and lives out God’s divinely inspired, inerrant word. To be born-again and love and serve Jesus, the hero of the Holy scriptures. I truly enjoyed being with other believers and followers of Jesus- it was a good night.
The theme for the night was “Surrender all.” And there were a couple of speakers who spoke to this… and unfortunately for me, it was “Bible light.” But the emphasis was on “not giving the Lord just a part of our lives, say Sunday mornings, for example… but keeping Friday nights for myself.”
But, what I’ve noticed in listening to different teachers… and various denominations, is that they seem to leave out the part about how to have a relationship with Jesus in the first place. It seems that many in the church are promoting getting close to Jesus… having Jesus as your friend, your pal to help get you through the difficulties of this life… a relational experience with Jesus. But I don’t hear much about how to begin that relationship.
That has been weighing on my heart lately. Because there is a reason Jesus went to the cross and died (and it wasn’t so we could wear some cool neck jewelry.)
The reason Jesus went to the cross- for humanity… is because we are sinners separated from God because of that sin. It seems that fewer and fewer “teachers” want to speak to people about being a sinner. But that is where the relationship begins. We need to know that we are sinners and that Jesus died so that we could repent and trust in His sacrifice on the cross to forgive us of that sin, so that we can then be sealed by the Holy Spirit… and begin to have a relationship with the One Who loves us so much, that He would die for us.
This is what Jesus said, just before ascending to heaven to be at the right hand of the Father… He said in:
Luke 24:46-47… and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
As Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:3… “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
So, I surrender all to Jesus… and I hope that you do as well- for He is worthy of our love, praise, honor and obedience… but to do so, you must know that you are a sinner in need of saving. And that is why Jesus came to this planet 2000 years ago.
And if you truly want a fruitful relationship with Jesus, you need to be proclaiming that message… until Jesus returns for His church (the one without denominations and extra biblical literature.)