Pursuing the Clarity of the Gospel: ConclusionSaturday, July 14, 2012
How many times have you read a story in the Bible only to come to it freshly one day and see something you've never seen before? My hope in this series is that you will have come to see the story of Zaccheus in Luke 19 in a fresh new light. The story has a deep impact on believers and unbelievers alike.
If you are not a believer and you've read through this series on Pursuing the Clarity of the Gospel, the gospel should be much clearer to you now. In reviewing the call of Jesus on Zaccheus you should ask yourself whether or not you have responded to Jesus' call like Zaccheus did. Because this is what it looks like to be sought after and saved by King Jesus. Think carefully about the response of Zaccheus and measure your response, your commitment to Jesus, your decision to be saved by his response. That’s why Luke includes it for us. It is meant to serve as a clear standard. That clear standard makes it easy to see with great clarity what coming to Jesus looks like. And that in turn makes your response to the gospel pretty clear.
And for those of you who HAVE been saved, is the mission of King Jesus YOUR mission? Jesus gave the same mission to His disciples who were to duplicate themselves and Jesus’ teachings in other people’s lives. Do you call people to Jesus like Jesus did? Is there a purposeful seeking and saving of the lost people God puts on your heart? Do you make "running into them" part of the priority of your schedule? And is your call clear? Do they understand your intentions and your explanations?
Today, we still have the same mission Jesus did in His day. It is seeking and saving the lost. That makes the gospel pretty clear. That makes your life mission pretty clear. There's just no way that any follower of Jesus could read through the story of Zaccheus in Luke 19 and miss that point. It is every believer's job to do evangelism. That is our life mission. That is part of what it means to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.
About the Author: Rob is a entrepreneur in Statesboro, GA, where he envisions and pursues missional-shaped business for the kingdom. He and his wife Sherri have been married for 18 years and together have three sons and a daughter. Rob believes the mission of the gospel is summed up in four simple phrases: know God, obey Jesus, make disciples, and plant churches. This is the pursuit of his life, as well as the point of his blog.