Connecting People to Jesus
Our Clear Vision: Connecting People to Jesus
When I was in third grade, I struggled reading the chalk board. I would squint and try to focus my eyes but nothing worked and my grades suffered as a result of my impaired vision. My mom took me to the eye doctor, he checked my eyes and discovered that I was near-sighted. After he fitted me with glasses, I could once again see distances clearly. Over the years, my eyes continued to change and I would go back to the eye doctor and receive new lenses so that I could again see clearly.
In much the same way, Christians often struggle with impaired vision. When we first become Christians, we are so excited and can’t wait to tell everyone about Jesus. We see a broken world around us and we want to see everyone we know come to know Jesus like we do. Over time though, our vision changes and we become near-sighted, focusing only on what is close to us (our family, our Christian friends, and sadly, ourselves) and we don’t see the many people we come in contact with on a daily basis that are broken and lost. We get comfortable in our own little world and ignore the bigger world around us.
For Christians as well as the Church, it is imperative that we have crystal clear vision and that we do everything we need to in order to maintain that vision. To do that, we first need to understand what Christ’s vision is for this world. In Luke 5:32 Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” And in 2 Peter 3:9, Peter reminds us “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” This should be our vision as well and in fact, TCCC’s Vision Statement is “Connecting People to Jesus”.
Secondly, we must eagerly embrace the mission that Christ commanded us to fulfill in Matthew 28:19 “Go, and make disciples of ALL nations…” and again in Acts 1:8 “you will be MY witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” And let us not miss what He is saying here. Jesus commanded us to GO because we are HIS witnesses. Just as He commanded the disciples before He ascended, He commands us to be His witnesses in our neighborhoods, our cities, our state, our nation, and beyond. You see, we cannot just sit back and wait for people to come see how great we are, it is our responsibility to go to them and demonstrate how great JESUS is.
Thirdly, Jesus knew that in every generation there would be people who are hurting and searching for something to fill their deepest need. That is why in John 4:35, Jesus tells His near-sighted disciples “Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” Do we have a similar problem to the disciples? Do we need to open our eyes and look to see that there are thousands of people around us who are seeking something or someone to fill an emptiness inside them? You may just be the one person who can introduce them to the One Person who can fill that need.
If we step up to the task at hand, we can take great comfort in knowing that we are not alone in this for Jesus has promised us that He will be with us even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). IT’S TIME TO GO!