This is about you!
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.