Jesus’ ministry was radically relational. Throughout the gospels Jesus seeks people and people seek Him.
Although large crowds followed Him everywhere, Jesus accomplished a great deal of His ministry relationally one-on-one. Think about Nicodemus. The woman at the well. Peter. The rich young ruler, the blind man, the adulteress, Zacchaeus. More than this had one-on-one encounters with the Master. And He transformed their lives.
I’ve often wondered, if Jesus were here today, would He have a Facebook page? I don’t think so. “But,” you say, “think how many people He could reach with gospel posts. He’d have a bazillion friends.”
Jesus’ ministry is one of personal attraction, not mass marketing. While He walked the earth he handpicked twelve common, ordinary friends and discipled them every day for three years. When it was time for Him to re-join the Father, Jesus told His twelve friends,
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20.
Today, we have the same challenge: go and make disciples. I don’t think we’ll lead people to Jesus by the masses. Stadiums full of people don’t draw people to Jesus. TV preachers don’t draw people to Jesus. Jesus draws people to Jesus. The same Jesus who lives in us and lives His life through us.
Tomorrow: Dr. John Ed Mathison’s inspirational devotionals return on For His Glory. Tomorrow John Ed teaches us about honesty and integrity. Don’t miss it. You’ll be blessed.