I want to share with you 2 Christian viral posts that I’ve come across recently. I think it’s great to see more and more of these viral posts that are about Christian content than seeing maybe like a cat video or someone falling or cracking their head open or something like that.
Instead of looking at those fail videos, we can look at the word of God. We can look at the things of God. Isn’t that so much more amazing?
The First Viral Post
But even in the midst of these viral Christian content, I think we have to be careful because I’m going to look at this first picture. Do you see if there’s anything wrong with this?
It says, “Wait, you don’t have to go through this life alone. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to have you with Me in heaven someday.” Pretty good. That’s actually what Jesus did.
But here’s the next part, “Invite Me into your life, I promise you won’t regret it.” – Jesus
Now the first part is so great. There’s nothing that Jesus wouldn’t do to have us with Him in heaven one day. And that’s why He came to this earth and died for us. Hallelujah! Praise God!
But the problem is the next part. Today, when we tell people to come and follow Jesus, we say come and invite Him into your life, I promise you won’t regret it. Unfortunately, when the world hears this kind of altar call saying that Jesus wants me to invite Him into my life. “Okay, I’ll try out Jesus and see if He works. He says I won’t regret it. Maybe everything’s going to be great.”
What Must We Do to Inherit the Kingdom of God?
But the unfortunate thing is that the bible actually says the opposite. Over and over again, if you read the Gospels, someone would come to Jesus and say, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus didn’t make it easy for anybody. Instead, He made it hard. He says, to enter eternal life will be difficult. And that the way is narrow. (Matthew 7:14)
When the rich young ruler asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus didn’t say, “Oh well, just come and accept Me. Just come and embrace Me. Just come and follow behind Me. Just come and claim that you’re walking with Me now and you’ll be okay.” No. He didn’t say that.
He told him things that he had to do. (Luke 18:20) Have you kept the commandments? The rich young ruler says, “Well yeah I did.” Jesus says, “Well, good. If you want to be perfect, go and sell what you have and give to the poor and you will have treasures in heaven.”
And we all know the rich your ruler went away sorrowful because he was very rich. Jesus turned down this young ruler. Not that because He wanted to reject him, because He wan to give him the truth.
Another person in the gospel came to Jesus and said, “I’m going to follow You.” What did Jesus say? Invite Me into your heart, you won’t regret it? No! Jesus says, foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. (Matthew 8:20)
What does that mean? He’s saying, you really want to follow Me? Do you think it’s cool? You see all these healings and miracles and demons being cast out and 5,000 being fed. These miracles, you like them? But guess what? I don’t even have a place to lay my head because I’m always going about town to town, walking everywhere. Are you sure you want to follow Me? Count the costs. That’s what Jesus said.
And not only did Jesus say to count the cost, He says in this life, you will have tribulation. (John 16:33) He’s not saying, you won’t regret it because your life will be great and peaceful, you will have money, you will have all this stuff. In fact, the first-century church and even many believers around the world today whose nation is not open and friendly to Christianity, are receiving persecution. And it’s only those of us who are in North America who have it better.
And this is why we have to all the more make sure that we’re believing in the right gospel.
And this leads us to the second image.
The Second Viral Post
“Hey bro, wait! I know who’s missing in your heart.” And the piece of the puzzle is Jesus and it shows that this man is missing one piece of the puzzle in his heart. And this comic is to say as long as you put Jesus in there, your life is fine.
Guys, how tragic! This is not the gospel. Jesus is not this one little piece of the puzzle that you’re missing to put in your heart. Jesus is your entire life! The bible says that we were dead in our trespasses. (Ephesians 2:5) We can’t just take our lives here that’s wretched and born in sin and take Jesus here and replace it and stick Him on here and everything will be fine. That’s not how it works!
That’s why Jesus told Nicodemus: If you want the Kingdom of God, you have to be born again by water and by Spirit. (John 3:5) When you tell people, “Oh you’re missing something, you need Jesus in your heart.” Well, then they’re thinking, “Okay, I’ll try Him on, I’ll put Him here, see if it works. If He doesn’t give me instant joy, fame, money, a promotion at work, and all the things I look for in life that this culture says are good. If He doesn’t give me that, then I’ll just rip up this puzzle and put it somewhere else.”
And the sad news is many people who go to church today thinking they’re Christians, are actually living this life thinking that Jesus is their crutch, that Jesus is just this missing puzzle in their heart, that all they have to do is to go to church on Sunday and put their hands up for about an hour or two and the rest of the week they just live like the rest of the world.
Have you done that? I have. But praise God for His mercy that He shows in His word what it means to truly follow Jesus.
So I encourage you today. Go and share the gospel. But let us not share the gospel that is easy. We’re not trying to make it difficult so that people can’t get it. But we do have to tell people the truth that we do have to repent of our sins. We do have to trust Jesus and we do have to follow Him wholeheartedly until the end. Because it is only those people who follow Jesus steadfastly until the end will enter the kingdom of God.
When was the last time you told someone about the good news of this gospel?
I encourage you today. Today in this week. Share with one person or two people and ask God to lead you to wherever He wants you to share the gospel with. Because we don’t want to keep our faith to ourselves if it is really that good and transform our lives.
Go ahead and share this with other people.
God bless you!