If you watched a day’s worth of commercials on TV you would discover all kinds of answers to “finding life.” Buy the right car! Purchase the perfect skin cream! Eat this delicious food! Hire an amazing attorney to get the money you deserve! On and on it goes. One day Jesus spoke to a group of self-assured leaders about finding life. They believed in their superiority over others because of their involvement in the right activities and connections with the right people (while despising the “bad” people). Jesus said to them, “Yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:40). Even though they believed they had “found life,” they were lost. Someone defined “lostness” as doing a lot of activity…with no purpose. As I read the encounters Jesus had with people like this, I ask myself, “Why in the world would they refuse to come to Jesus?” The answer is found by simply looking around and looking within. Why don’t more people come to Jesus today? Could it be the exposure factor? If the average person is exposed to hundreds of “commercials” about the meaning of life and yet hardly ever hears God’s Word, what will they choose? Many people have only a “cartoon version” of Christianity, and perceive following Jesus as a repressive life, missing out on “all the fun.” If you are a believer in Jesus, you have discovered that Jesus is truly “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). To walk with Jesus is to know the secret of “abundant life” (John 10:10). So, how can we help others who are lost? Let’s start by making sure we don’t lose sight of Jesus ourselves. Paul told Timothy, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16). Be responsible for yourself first. You must lead yourself in the ways of Jesus before you can point others to the way. Today, I was driving on the highway and saw a tow truck on the side of the road behind a car that needed assistance. However, when I got closer, I noticed the tow truck’s front tire was shredded down to the metal rim! The tow truck wasn’t going anywhere until it first received help. In summary, true life is found in Jesus! To help others find life in Jesus, we need to stay close to The Life Himself.
Pastor Mark Boucher