Jesus Died for All
Posted by Rod Neufeld on February 25, 2015
Who did Christ die for?
It’s a simple question, we answer quickly with our lips. How do we answer with our actions though?
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)
Here it is, the 6th word gives it away “world” we all know it, we have heard it and read it a million times. We have seen it written on sports fans eye lids and signs.
Here are some of the issues we face:
We have Christ in us as Christians. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. (John 14:20 KJV)
We so often just want to keep him there all to ourselves. Now if Christ died for ALL, do we not then have a responsibility to let them ALL know that He did? It’s not always easy and of course you will be faced with many people that don’t want to know Him and what He did.
God didn’t call us to make sure they all get it! He called us to be faithful, to keep His commands, to put on a servant heart. We won’t always know if that kind word or gesture will do to change the day or even life of someone.
But…. We are so often afraid of rejection or worse, I get that. Remember though the rejection of men is nothing compared to the rejection of Christ. Oddly enough those days you feel like sharing or witnessing the least, that’s when the opportunities tend to present themselves. I used to wonder why God would do that. The older (wiser if you will) I get the more I realize that when I am at a low point I’m less likely to make it about me and more likely to focus my efforts on Christ! You would think the opposite but we often think of ourselves more when things seem great and we become “self-serving” which is why the so called “prosperity gospel” will never further the kingdom of God or bring the lost to salvation!
The other thing that causes us to struggle and stumble is we put our own value on someone else’s eternity. We start to assign seats on the bus to Heaven. NEWS FLASH we don’t pick who goes He does. The words from a Casting Crowns song always comes to mind, “If We are the Body”
“Jesus paid much too high a price, for us to pick and choose who should come”
You see that homeless guy, or the girl huffing solvent behind a building or even that guy at work that drives you crazy. God made them, Jesus died for them and we are to preach the Gospel to them. And if you are looking for instant gratification well you’re going to have to go and make your own universe because you may never see the fruit of your labours and there may never be any fruit, which is unlikely because if you share the word of God it does not return empty. But you get my point, Jim Elliot never saw what happened after his fatal trip to the jungle, but God in all of His grace and mercy used that man to start something amazing! You see it’s not about us! We are to go and do expecting nothing and hoping for everything, knowing that serving and honouring our Father in heaven is its own reward!
So where do we start?
Well here is what I like to do….. In my prayers I ask the Lord to present an opportunity to share, I ask Him for the words I need and the willingness to step forth in faith and do it.
The other thing we must do is Pray for the lost, everyday! We have a direct connection the creator of the universe through our Saviour Jesus Christ! Do something amazing with that privilege!
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 KJV)
As this is a blog, open your heart and leave a comment, and idea for others to help them to find ways to share the Wonderful Truth of salvation, please this is Life and Death! Will you today stand in that gap and become a fisher of men, to cast that net in front of the gates of hell and hold tight that those Christ died for don’t slip through? Not all will be saved but the whole world must hear!
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