Summary: Some people consider Jesus one of many options. But He challenged people either follow him or not. When it comes to relationships, dating, marriage, and decisions in life, God cannot be an option.
ONE TRUE LOVE
Is there such thing as one true love…I think there is!
A boy came home from Sunday school and His Mother said, "What did you discuss at Church?" The boy said, "Marriage"! His Mother then asked, "What did you learn about marriage?" The little boy thought for a moment and said, "Jesus said, "Father, forgive them for them know not what they do!"
Surely God has better in mind for us!
Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” John 6:67
In John 6, Jesus just fed five thousand people. People are following Jesus like a circus act saying, “Give us bread!” Jesus tells them the bread they want won’t satisfy them. He then says, “I am the bread!” and then he says “Unless you want to eat my flesh and drink my blood, you will not have eternal life.”
Many people were offended by what he said and many people left. Then He asks the twelve disciples, “Will you leave also?” Peter says “Where else could we go? We have left everything to follow you. You are our life.” When you give up everything for Jesus, there is nothing to go back to. Once you make a commitment, you have gone too far to go back.
Perhaps Jesus knew His hard statement would offend people. Maybe he wanted to weed out the pretenders.
Remember teeter totters? You would hit the ground hard if the other person jumped off. Some of us live on a spiritual teeter totter – in the middle. We believe in God and we like the idea of feeling better. Go to church, sing a song or two, pray, maybe shed a tear, but then we go back to what we were doing. Why is it when an altar call is given for people to commit to Christ, the most committed come and everyone else sits on their…well…
We have too many options. People who truly live for Christ don’t have any options. They have one true love. The reason we can date and even marry people who are not committed to Christ is that Jesus is just one of our options.
The reason we can stand and stare at the wall during worship is that Jesus is just one option.
One of our former students had this on her My Space: "A girl’s heart should be so wrapped up in God that a guy has to seek Him to find her". Jennifer Williams (Jeni Lamb)
Jesus is not an option like pickles and lettuce on a Subway sandwich.
He is the way, the truth, the life… or not
He is the bread of Life or not
He is the Son of God or not
He is not a maybe, or kind of, or sort of
Jesus is not a good man, the big guy upstairs, the “good lord” of NASCAR
He is My Lord and Savior or not
Many believe Jesus is just one religion, but many will work. But we should ask this question, “Does Buddha, Confucius, or Muhammad love us?” Well they don’t and they can’t because they are dead!
It is easier just to say that “I am not committed to Christ” and that lets us off the hook for having to do His will over ours. Being committed to following Christ is not about being perfect or even being good, it is about a personal choice, a decision of faith, determination, desire, and passion.
Bt the way, committment to Christ is good news. Living for God is good for me! Living God’s way and doing His will is for my good. John Piper said, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”