This is about you!

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY/RELIGION - By Rev. Evan Oxner Amherst Wesleyan Church

We’ve all been in meet­ings or lis­tened to a lec­ture and thought to our­selves, why am I here? Some­times it is be­cause the pre­sen­ter is just re­ally ter­ri­ble, but more of­ten it is be­cause we feel like the in­for­ma­tion doesn’t mat­ter. The con­tent doesn’t ap­ply to us.

You lis­ten and think the mes­sage is old, you’ve heard it be­fore, you’ve ap­plied it, you’ve mem­o­rized it, and you don’t need to hear it again. Or you hear it and the prob­lems they are dis­cussing or is­sues they are fac­ing aren’t things that you have strug­gled with, faced, or are sus­cep­ti­ble to. You’re good as you are, and all this other stuff is good for other peo­ple, but you don’t need it.

Maybe you hear a mes­sage and are sim­ply over­whelmed by it. They dis­cuss de­tails and con­cepts that are over your head and way be­yond any­thing you could ever ac­com­plish. You think about it and all you can think about it how this was meant for some­one else, that you could never live up to it.

Or, you might lis­ten to some­thing and just think that it’s not in­ter­est­ing, it has noth­ing to do with you or your life. You might have dif­fer­ent ideas or in­ter­ests, or come from a dif­fer­ent place, and this stuff be­ing talked about just doesn’t ap­ply to you.

But, the Apos­tle Paul wrote to a group of Ro­man cit­i­zens a long time ago and said this to them, “There is no dif­fer­ence be­tween Jew and Gen­tile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are jus­ti­fied freely by his grace through the re­demp­tion that came by Christ Je­sus.” (Ro­mans 3:22-24)

Paul was mak­ing it clear to his au­di­ence that it didn’t mat­ter if you fol­lowed all the laws, were con­sid­ered a hor­ri­ble per­son, or came from a dif­fer­ent back­ground than every­one else. All of us are sin­ners, de­serv­ing God’s wrath, and all of us have been pre­sented with the chance to be saved.

It doesn’t mat­ter how good you are, how bad you are, where you are from, what you have done, what your name is, where you live, who you know, what you look like, what oth­ers have told you, what you have be­lieved in the past, your previous re­li­gious be­liefs, what your par­ents be­lieved, what your fam­ily be­lieves, what your blood type is, what is­sues you have, what lan­guage you speak, what colour your skin is, how much money you have, how many times you have failed, what oth­ers think of you, where you work, how im­por­tant you are, or the size of your home, this is about you.

There is sin in your life that needs to be dealt with.

Je­sus came to bring you hope and free­dom.

God is call­ing you to fol­low Him.

This is about you.

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