The sole purpose of Jesus coming to earth was to take from satan what was originally designed for Him, mankind. We are all born with a sinful nature and are going to rebel against God, even if it wasn’t willfully. Since the fall of Adam, we all needed a savior. That is the reason Jesus came, to put us back in right standing with God.
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28)
When Jesus came on earth, He didn’t seek popularity. In fact, His ministry didn’t really start until He was 30 (Luke 3:23). When His ministry began, He was concerned more about delivering people, rather than getting people to like Him. Jesus was more concerned about seeing lost souls find their purpose, rather than having a large fan base. There even came a point when He said some statements that caused many to leave Him (John 6:66). He didn’t break down and give up because He knew His purpose was redeeming man, not to be famous. There came times when Jesus would heal someone and would say to keep quiet (Ex: Matthew 8:1-4). There was no fear in Jesus, but He wasn’t seeking attention. Jesus called only 12 men, and because of their ministry, this world has never been the same.
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. (Romans 13:11)
I believe the church has lost focus a bit. We are so concerned about ourselves and fail to realize many do not yet know Jesus. Are you more concerned about who’s following you, rather than who’s following Him? We check our social network followers daily, but how many check to see who’s following Jesus? We have the unfollower apps so we are quick to unfollow someone back, but we should be more focused on who stopped following Jesus. People are still in church but have backslidden in their hearts, maybe it’s your prayer or help that could restore them. The Church has many activities going on and making people believe God is pleased, but is He? Are souls being saved or are lukewarm Christians simply being entertained?
Be careful of what you focus on. Focus on souls, not just followers. The only thing we can bring to heaven is people, but we won’t bring a twitter or Instagram account. The main focus there is Jesus, not how many likes or retweets you got on earth. Stop inviting people to a doctrine, Church or to a party, invite them to Jesus!
Too many want titles, the microphone and popularity. Not many dedicate their lives to serving, praying, studying and fasting. The men Jesus picked changed the world because they dropped their identity to follow Jesus. They allowed themselves to be changed by Christ before they shared the Gospel. Too many of us try to follow Jesus, but aren’t willing to let go of our sins, bad company or even sinful behavior. It’s time for us to stop and think about what’s more important, social networks or a relationship with Jesus? Church members or disciples? Don’t point people to yourself, point them to Jesus.
– Tovares Grey