What Will You Do With Him?

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“It’s a great read,” I said as he approached me with two quarters in hand.

“Yeah?”  He responded quietly, thumbing through pages and rubbing the cover softly with his worn hands.  “I find myself asking that question a lot lately.”  He pointed at the front of the book.  The words stared back at me boldly.

The Purpose Driven Life: What on earth am I here for? 

“I think you’ll really enjoy it!  It’ll make you think and question and so many things,” I replied, wanting to suck the words back as soon as I said them.  Here was a man searching for the meaning of his life and all I could say was a cute ‘you’ll really enjoy it’?!  I should have said “take the book!  It’s free!  Here are your two quarters back!  God promises when we seek him we’ll find him so I’ll pray that God will meet you in your search for him.  He’s been waiting for you!”  Okay, that might be kinda corny, but you know what?

It’s true.

The man bought another book and then got in his car.  I prayed as I watched him drive away and wondered what would become of his search.  For a moment I wondered if this garage sale was solely so this man could buy a book and begin his journey to find the truth.

I found out last week that my grandma, who will be 88 in a couple months, has a valve in her heart that is getting stuck.  The doctors want to operate and she is now talking about dying.  Through her broken yet beautiful English, I could detect an uneasiness in her tone.  She’s never talked about dying before.  She always talks about how strong and healthy she is for her age, how she can still drive on freeways and how she weighs the same as when she got married; how she doesn’t overeat and how long she walks every day.  But now she is realizing that she, too, has to acknowledge that it will happen one day.  I wondered as we chatted if she thinks, “what on earth am I here for?

I wanted to interrupt our conversation and ask if she knew Jesus.  Not some random higher power, not Buddha, not did she have faith.  What will she do with Jesus?  I wondered if this broken valve might be what may really save her life.

What will we do with Jesus?

At our lifegroup a couple weeks ago we discussed this question and why his name causes cringing.  Why is it that the words faith, god, spirit(ual), higher power, Lord or father don’t elicit this kind of response?

What will you do with Jesus?

No matter what you believe, you must do something with him.  He claimed to be the son of God, the savior of the world, the way, the truth, and the life.  He said the only way to the father is through himWhat will you do with him?

I love the question my sister-in-law asked my baby sister when she started dating.  “Does he love Jesus?”  She didn’t ask if he had faith, if he believed in a god or if spirituality was important to him.  Essentially the question begged what this young man would do with him.  With Jesus.

If you’ve never dealt with Jesus before, let me warn you.  There is undeserved grace.  Second chances.  Redemption.  Restoration.  Peace, clarity, power, healing and forgiveness.  He provides a way out of discontentment, destruction and despair and gives a way in to hope, satisfaction and fulfillment.  He overwhelms with love where condemnation should make its home and covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8) because he IS love (1 John 4:16).

But he isn’t content just being one of the important spiritual higher powers that live in the clouds of our minds.  He wants to be Lord of All (Acts 10:36) and the one and only through which we are made right (Romans 5:17).  This may be offensive to many, causing cringing by going against our culture of ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’.  But this man who claimed to be God claims to save us (Luke 19:10).  What will we do with him?

What will you do with Jesus?

If you’ve never asked yourself this before, or don’t know what you think, I encourage you to seek.  Ask questions.  Read books (the book of John in the bible is a good place to start!).  Talk to people– people who believe in him and people who don’t.  Pray, even if you’re unsure what to say or who you’re talking to.  When it’s all said and done– do something with him.  The man claims to save the sins of the world– he’s either crazy, a complete liar, or speaking the truth.  What will you do with him?

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” ~Matthew 16:13-15

Thanks for joining me this morning!  I’m always available  whether by email, facebook or the contact form on the blog, and I know Krista is too.  Thanks for reading.

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10 thoughts on “What Will You Do With Him?

  1. Racchel be careful not to mix two different persons.

    You seem to speak about seeking God but also about seeking Jesus,who is the son of God, but not God himself. We need them both, but God is the Most High and the Only One God, Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

    • Hi there bijbelvorsers! Thanks so much for your comment, I really appreciate your words. I must respectfully disagree– I believe the bible says and supports that Jesus is both the son of God and also God himself. I do think God, Jesus, and the holy spirit He has given us are three separate entities all the while being the same being (think of an apple being made of the core, flesh and skin, but it is an apple nonetheless). It’s not about me wanting to prove I’m right- it’s about who Jesus said he was and what we will do with those claims… What the bible says and if we choose to believe it– and if we do, then acknowledging that Jesus really is the one and only– the way, the truth, and the life everlasting.

      • Where are according to you the places that Jesus says he is God? Jesus never claimed to be God. He always let people know it was not him but his Father doing the works.

        God, who is no liar said about the Nazarene “This is my beloved only begotten son”, plus said that those who would see God would die. (Exodus 33:20; Matthew 3:17, John 3:16; Matthew 10:23) How does it come that those who saw Christ, who was told to be the son of David and the son of man, did not die? God is also a ghost or spirit. (John4:24) while Jesus is a man of flesh and blood who showed is wounds to proof he was that human body been put on the stake to die, while God is eternal and can not die and is the God of gods for ever.(Genesis 17:1; Deuteronomy 10:17; 2 Samuel 22:32; Psalm 83:18; Markus 12:29; Isaiah 9:6;Exodus 20:3)

        God knows everything, but Jesus, who never claimed to God or doing the miracles by his own power, even did not know when he would be coming back. God is the Most High, who knows everything and can do everything.Jesus at first was even lower than the angels, but was taken out of death and made higher, to sit at the right hand of God to become the mediator between God and man. In case Jesus is God he would not sit next to Himself nor have a need of a mediator, because a person can not mediate between himself and an other. God is also not schizophrenic and can not be tempted, but Jesus was tempted many times and often prayed to his Father in heaven, even mentioning that he only wanted to do God’s Will and not his. (1 Peter 3;22; Ephesian 1:20-22; Philipians 2:9; John 5:22-23; Matthew 6:10; Luke 22:42; John 5:30)

        Some verses to consider:John 5:19; 8:40-45; 14:28; 1Corinthian 11:3; 15:28; John 20:17; Hebrew 2:9,1417; Galatians 4:4; Luke 1:30-35; 3:21-23; Acts 10:38

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    • Now let’s look that the verses in the Bible which clearly state who Jesus is and claimed to be. Jesus is not only the son of God but also God as you will read from the NUMEROUS scriptures below. That is a fundamental belief of Christianity and one who doesn’t believe that is rejecting the Bible as God’s holy word.

      John 1:1
      In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
      John 1:14
      And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.
      John 5:16-18
      Therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
      John 8:58
      Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
      John 10:30-31
      I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
      John 14:9
      He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.
      John 20:28
      And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
      Acts 20:28
      Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
      Colossians 1:16
      For by him [Jesus] were all things created.
      Colossians 2:9
      For in him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
      1 Timothy 3:16
      God was made manifest in the flesh.
      Titus 2:13
      Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
      Philippians 2:6

  3. I just discovered your blog tonight and I have already spent hours reading past posts. I love reading your stories, appreciate your honesty and openness, and desire to want to reach others. I have already learned so much and can’t wait to read more!

    Kendra
    This Little Ladybug

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