Every day, I make it a point to tell my wife I love her. Sometimes, I take her hand, look into her eyes and tell her that I love her and how much she means to me. I confess that at other times it is a quick “love you” and I am off to other things.
It is part of our human nature to take things that are great gifts for granted at times. A great wife, a good job that meets our financial needs, and children God has blessed us with. Sadly, the more familiar we become, the less grateful we are at times. Is that happening to us with the greatest gift we receive—forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ?
Youth today are hearing a variety of alternative messages about what it means to be a Christian. Emergent and social justice teachers are questioning the very message of Jesus Christ. The New Age movement is being revived, encouraging youth to open themselves up to potentially dangerous practices and doctrines.
When you ask a Christian how we attain eternal salvation, the standard answer is “a personal relationship with Jesus”. I fear that answer is starting to sound like a broken record that has no meaning to young seekers. It is time that we as born again believers passionately articulate just who Jesus is and what this personal relationship looks like. How has Jesus Christ changed our lives? How has He freed us from the bondage of sin? How do we handle adversity and challenges with the power of the Holy Spirit who indwells us?
Yes, a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ is the foundation of our hope and salvation. But simply stating that is no longer enough to reach the lost. We must be willing and able to articulate just what that relation is; how it has changed us; and how it shapes our behaviors and outlooks in these challenging times.
And most importantly, our actions must back up those words. In an era where people are bombarded with alternative messages on what it means to be a Christian, it is crucial that our message be absolutely grounded on the Word of God and that we passionately share what Jesus Christ means to us. And our lives must reflect what our words say.