"Jesus just isn't for me."
Many young people have this passive response to the gospel. They claim that Jesus just isn't for them. What exactly does that mean?
While this is a better response than someone blatantly insulting Jesus and spitting venom at the idea that God even exists; it's really just a respectful way of saying "I don't feel like investing time into eternity."
There's no question that we live in a very "me"-focused society. Everything is about the individual these days. Here's some modern cliches you may have heard in different forms:
If it feels good, do it.
Don't worry about other people. Focus on yourself.
I'm looking out for number one.
Take time to make yourself happy.
Make yourself a priority.
These are good-intentioned excuses to avoid opening ourselves to other people. Focusing on yourself is an absolutely poisonous way to live and it grows into a disease called selfishness. I'll touch on that topic in a different post.
Today I want to discuss how Jesus actually is for you. Let's go to Scripture to root the point. So as to avoid the stereotypical John 3:16 reference (but maybe the verse that immediately follows), let's look at some other verses.
"but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8
"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." - John 3:17
These are only two of many verses that show Jesus sacrificed Himself for both the sake of the church as a whole, and for the sake of us individually.
Given this, for someone to say "Jesus just isn't for me" is simply wrong. Whether they believe in the gospel or not, Christ did die for them and He is, in fact, for them.
God already paid the ultimate sacrifice for us and endured what we deserve. Saying that Jesus isn't for us doesn't change that.
It's our responsibility to run to Jesus, grow in His body, and seek to do more than just talk about the gospel. We need to live out the gospel.
Let's encourage people to understand that Christ is indeed for them. Once we accept that, life develops an endlessly more important meaning.