In any given day I may encounter people who are seriously ill in hospital, facing an uncertain future and only now beginning to ask questions about eternity, people who have committed their lives to Christ perhaps many years ago, but who have not grown in their relationship with Christ, people who have just lost a loved one, people who have just gained a family newborn, poor people, wealthy people, people who are young and strong, people who are old and infirm.
I may encounter depressed people, emotionally excited people, sullen or silent people, intelligent people, intellectually challenged people, male, female, and those identifying with alternative gender definitions. I may encounter Christians, atheists, agnostics, new age thinkers, cultists, and people from a variety of political persuasions, nationalities, races, professions and upbringing.
But let me tell you this: I have never encountered a person for whom Christ was irrelevant or unnecessary.
Despite all our differences, human nature and need have not changed. We all laugh cry, eat, sleep and procreate the same way. We all seek love, purpose, identity, security, and the answer to the questions of life: “Why am I here?” “Where am I going?” “Is there a God?” and “Is there life after death?”
Jesus Christ answers all these questions and more.
Billy Graham has said, “I have never known a man who received Christ and regretted it.”
This past Sunday Elder Don Longworth urged us to consider the motivating life quest of Paul, “knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Phil. 3:8).
“I want to know Christ,” wrote Paul. “All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things,” he urged. “Join together in following my example”
To live in a daily growing relationship with Christ through, prayer, scriptures, obedience and a worshiping heart is in itself the most satisfying life. It is the life for every sort of person I mentioned above in every sort of human experience. It is the life we had before the fall, and the life to which we heed God’s call.
It is the life you were created to live.
To hear Don Longworth’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Media’ for the June 23 message.