Some of you may or may not know Ravi Zacharias or the recent news about him. For those who don’t know, he was a preacher and apologetic Christian who spoke to people about the Gospel and Christ and the importance of the Bible. For years, he’s lead many people to Christ and helped many Christians. Many people, including my mother and many Christians I know (or know of) read and watched Ravi’s books and videos. He passed away, but recently it’s been discovered that he was involved in a lot of sexual assault and rape. The situation has been heart-breaking for his family and his entire ministry.
I’m not here to talk too heavy about that particular situation. If you want to know more, visit his ministry’s website where you can read their statement and the actual report of the investigation. LINK:
But I am bringing this up for a reason. I personally believe that if you believe in Jesus Christ, repent of your sins and make Him Lord over your life, then you are saved. But the problem with Christianity today, including progressive Christians and a lot of the new age Christianity, is that everyone wants to make Jesus their Savior and stop there.
It’s like, they want a coat. Something to keep them warm, to make them feel warm and fuzzy, to save them from Hell, but not something to keep around all the time. They can put Him on and take Him off as much as they want. But the problem is that that isn’t what being saved really is about.
The key is not just to make Jesus your Savior. That’s wonderful. That’s the good news of the Gospel. But that’s also ignoring the most important half of the Gospel—making Jesus Lord of your life!
Sin is appealing, we all know that, whether we want to admit it or not. We love to do things of this world and are drawn to it. There are many times (most times, even) when we would much rather do our own thing or go our own way. We’d rather be allowed to drink or cuss, or even do drugs, or have sex before marriage, while feeling secure and saved, but that isn’t how it works. Jesus has to be Lord over your life. If you really love God, Jesus says you will keep His commands. You don’t love God and want to do the things that He despises.
It’s time for us Believers in Christ to be an example to the world. Whether we like it or not, the world watches and judges us. Many times, our lives and the way we act is the only example people will see. That’s why a lot of people these days see Christians as hateful judgmental people that they want to stay away from. Because they see the way we act and guess what? The sad thing is that most Christians today aren’t acting like we should be.
It’s tough and you probably don’t want to hear this, but it’s the truth. Does your life show non-believers that Jesus is Lord over your life? Or are you one of those “coat” Christians who want Jesus when it’s convenient for you?
I know I can be that way too; I’m not here to only point fingers at others. What I’m saying is that it’s time for all of us to be the example to the world and follow the example that Jesus set before us.
To walk the walk with Jesus and not just talk the talk. To “put on” Jesus and keep Him there—as Lord. To surrender to His will instead of our own and give up things that we may not necessarily like to give up, but things that we’ll be better off without.
I challenge you today to walk the walk, to make Jesus true Lord over your life. Start small—find something simple that you know you’re doing that God wants out of your life. This week, try to get rid of it. Stay in prayer, read Bible verses to help you when you get tempted.
Believers, will you rise up, take a stand, and be the examples with me? Will you do this challenge with me?