Take a Stand!

 

No busking

Jesus’ Word divides. From the gospels, we see this during His own ministry (John 7:43; John 6:66). And the same is true today. I have, for the past few years, been playing the open mic circuit in London. Usually when I play, the music goes down well. People will typically say something like, “I’m not religious, but I like your stuff…” Thus I now have a modest reputation as a ‘religious’ singer. But religiousness (or lack thereof) was not really what Jesus was about (the Pharisees were very religious outwardly). He wasn’t looking for a fan club. He came to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 19:10) – because only through holding to His teaching and being His disciples would people know ‘the Truth’ that would ‘set them free’ (John 8:32) – ‘save’ them – from sin. I took a stand for Jesus in 1998 when I became His disciple. Prior to that time, I was ignorant of what the Bible actually taught – about what a Christian is, what sin is, what the role of the church is – and how you can get your sins forgiven. The sad thing is many people think they know what the Bible says, but when you ask them about it, they are reluctant to engage in conversation. If that describes you, I implore you to look into the Bible with us. Let us teach you what you need to know so you can get your sins forgiven and start your new life with Jesus. If you want to see heaven, you will do this, because only Jesus’ true disciples will be saved (Acts 4:12). As Paul wrote: “I speak the truth in Christ – I am not lying” (Romans 9:1; 2 Corinthians 11:31; 1 Timothy 2:7). We are not promised tomorrow. Today is the time. Now is the time to take a stand.