Why Are You Here?

Have you ever wondered why you are here? If we were to ask that question to people on the street we would, in all likelihood get a wide variety of answers. In His conversation with His disciples just before He ascended back to Heaven, Jesus said we are here for those that do not have a personal relationship with Him.

Matthew 28:18-20 NIV – 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

For the modern day church attender, it may be a foreign concept to think about having a relationship with someone outside the church.  In reality, those relationships are the only reason we are here.  Everything that is supposed to happen within the church, is supposed to happen so that we can effectively communicate the good news to those that have not heard.  When I say have not heard I mean those that have not heard with their hearts.  We can hear and understand the words, yet not comprehend the meaning of what is being said.  Jesus left us not only with the task of teaching His truths, but also with modeling how to obey those truths in our everyday lives.

Heaven is a great place, and I am looking forward to spending eternity there, but there is something that I can do better here than in Heaven.  Reach those that do not know Jesus as their savior. Everything that happens within the church should be to equip you to do the work of the ministry.

Ephesians 4:11-15 NIV – 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

So why does the church struggle to do the one thing we are left here to do?  One reason is we are afraid.  We are afraid that we will be rejected.  We are afraid that we will not get it right.  Have you ever wondered why people run into burning buildings or dive into flood swollen rivers to save someone? Is it because they have no fear of burning to death or drowning? Everyone fears rejection, especially being rejected by our friends. We fear failure, not getting it right.  Fear does not come from God.  Fear will paralyze you.  Ask what is the worst thing that could happen if I do this?  What is the worst thing that could happen if I do not? Why do people rush into burning buildings and dive into rushing rivers to save people.  They are aware of what will happen if they do not take action.

Another reason is we suffer from procrastination. Why would we put off something that we believe God wants us to do?  Why would we wait one more minute, knowing that people we know may spend eternity in Hell, and their lives in the here and now are going to be much more difficult?  Most of us believe that Jesus is coming back. Most of us believe that everyone is going to die. We just do not believe that it is going to be today.  We are placing our bets on tomorrow, which is not promised to anyone.  As long as we have tomorrow, we can figure out what to do, tomorrow. Tomorrow we will be more convenient, tomorrow will offer better opportunities. Statistic tell us that 153,424 people will run out of tomorrows today.  For them there will be no tomorrow.  Jesus did not come back in their lifetime yet each one of them will stand before Him and give an account for their lives.

Hebrews 9:27 NIV – 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment…

The church is here on a mission.  As long as one person does not know Jesus as their savior our work is not finished. We cannot allow fear or the hope of tomorrow keep us from our mission.  Our resources, energy and intellect should be spent on the one thing Jesus left us here to accomplish. The Apostle Paul sums it up in his letter to the church in Corinth.

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NIV – 19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

If there were no tomorrow, what would you do today?

 

 

Lee Ponder
Farmington Campus Pastor

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