Greetings, beloved congregation! Today, we are gathered here to reflect on the offer that Jesus has made us to follow Him. However, before we start, let us pray:
Heavenly Father, we come before you today humbly, seeking your presence and guidance in this sermon. Please help us to open our hearts to your Word and the message that you have for us. We thank you for your endless love and mercy and the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Brothers and sisters, what is the offer that Jesus has made us? He came into this world to save us from our sins and offer us eternal life. He said in John 14:6, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." This is a promise that He made to all of us who choose to follow Him.
However, some people may feel that this offer is not enough. They may think other things could give them joy, happiness, or fulfillment. The pleasures of this world may tempt them or make them feel like they are missing out on something better.
But let us remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 16:26, " For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" This powerful statement reminds us that the things of this world are temporary and fleeting, whereas the offer of Salvation and Eternal Life with Jesus is everlasting.
The Bible teaches us that we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and everything else will be added to us (Matthew 6:33). Whatever struggles we may face in this life, we can find comfort and strength in the promise of Jesus in John 16:33, "In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
Moreover, deciding to follow Jesus is not just about avoiding the consequences of Sin and gaining Eternal Life. It is also about experiencing true joy and fulfillment in this life. As the Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 5:22-23, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control."
Isn't this a better offer than any other we could ever receive? Jesus called us to a higher standard of living, where we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves, to be forgiving, and to love unconditionally. This is what brings true happiness and meaning to our lives.
In conclusion, let us remember that the offer of Salvation and Eternal Life with Jesus is the best we could ever receive. The temporary pleasures of this world should not tempt us; instead, we should focus on seeking God and His righteousness. Let us continually turn away from the distractions of this world and turn our hearts to Jesus, who promises us a life of Joy, Peace, and Fulfillment.
May the Lord bless you and keep you always.