Share the Journey
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Share the Journey
Jesus wasn’t very comfortable in religious gatherings. In such gatherings he ran into issues such as a congregation that turned against him and tried to throw him headlong over a cliff or his own anger arousing against the buying and selling of livestock by the religious leadership in the temple resulting in his turning over tables and driving out the moneychangers and animals. He explained that it is written in Scripture that his Father’s house is to be a house of prayer, but they had turned it into a den of thieves.
His most effective contacts were out in public with such situations as the woman caught in adultery or the Samaritan woman Jesus met at Jacob’s well or the hated tax collector, Zacchaeus whom Jesus called down from a tree, or a crew of Galilean fishermen he called to come and follow him so he could make them fishers of men. In each of these situations and many more, Jesus reached out with compassion and understanding, inviting people to join him in his world transforming mission. Many who were called came along and followed him for the rest of his ministry and beyond. Of 132 personal contacts made by Christ and recorded in the gospels 6 were in the Temple, 4 were in the synagogues and 122 were with people he met in everyday life situations.
Jesus was all about meeting people where they were. Most were struggling, sinful or suffering from the trauma of everyday life. He invited them to come along with him to join in his journey to eternal life.
In Numbers 10, Moses was leading his newly reorganized people from the foot of Mount Sinai; covenant in hand, to resume their journey to the Promised Land. In the 29th verse he comes along side Hobab his brother-in-law, a Midianite, to invite him to join in the journey to the beautiful land God would give them. Hobab declined at first, but Moses told him that, if he came along, his family would have the same glorious inheritance as the Israelites. He also told him that he would be of value to their mission because of his superior knowledge of the terrain and culture they would pass through on the way.
This is what outreach is about. It is about finding people along our journey to heaven who do not know the Savior with a plan to invite them to join us and Jesus and tell them the great benefits of following him. We should let them know that they are valuable to God and to us. They are a treasure worth more than they know.
Jesus called us to this purpose.
We often forget that mission and altar the purpose to one of inviting people who are already on the same path to heaven as ours. That’s too easy. We need to encourage other Christ followers in our lives to share in this plan We should urge each other on this mission to bring new people with us. This is called outreach. Are you reaching out?
This Sunday Josh will be sharing a message titled The Atoned Life based on Matthew 5:5. He always does a great job and the praise team has some wonderful music, some patriotic prepared. You will be blessed by sharing in this service whether you attend in person or via FaceBook Live.
Sharing with you,