The Best Life You Could Ever Live
Can you imagine being one of the twelve who followed Jesus around for three years? What do you think you would have noticed and told people about him?
Maybe that Jesus seemed to like sinners? Everywhere he went, Jesus chose to hang out with sinful people. And sinners seemed to like Jesus. Everywhere he went, sinful people wanted to hang out with Jesus.
And why did sinful people want to be around Jesus? It was because he didn’t make them feel worse; he made them feel loved
. Jesus loved them despite their sin, but his love had this amazing way of leading them away from their sin. It wasn’t that Jesus’ approval made them try harder to be good people, it was that being loved with a perfect love, experiencing God’s grace, had a supernatural healing and transforming effect on their lives.
All kinds of studies have been done asking non-Christians about their impressions of Jesus’ followers today. They should
say that Jesus’ followers like sinners and sinners seem to like them. That Christians, like they’re leader, are the least judgmental people you can meet. They love people as they are, not as they should be. But they love people too much to leave them that way. So with great compassion and patience they seek to connect people to their God who offers perfect love and amazing grace, which turn out to be the most powerful forces in the universe. They know because they’ve experienced and been transformed by it.
Turns out that’s not
what they say. They say Christ-followers are judgmental and hypocritical and too focused on politics and gaining the power to force people to conform to Christian values. Their perceptions are overwhelmingly negative, and that is unspeakably sad.
My prayer is that this study would connect you with God and his grace in a way you haven’t in a long time, or maybe ever. I want you to understand that God’s love applies to you, no matter what you’ve done or are doing and that you’d drink it in. And that, as his love pours into you, you’ll find it changing you. You’ll become more and more like Jesus.
And my prayer is that this study would lead you to want to connect other people to God and his grace. You need to understand that God’s love applies to them, no matter what they’ve done or are doing. I hope more and more you’ll become Jesus to others.
That is the best life you could live, and our world needs you to live it.
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