Last week, I shared an analogy with our students that I recently heard while listening to a sermon from David Platt (for those who aren’t familiar with his preaching, I highly recommend you listen to him). The analogy goes like this: imagine I’m meeting with you all for coffee one morning. We agreed to meet @ 8 A.M., and you showed up at 8 A.M. ready to hang out. But 8:15 came around…and then 8:30…and I never showed up! Finally, around 8:45 I come running into the coffee shop (right about the time you’re deciding to leave) and say “Hey, I’m so sorry I’m running late! I was hit by an 18 wheeler today that was going 70 miles an hour as I was walking here. Man it hurt! But I’m glad I finally made it; how are you doing today?” Note – my body showed absolutely no signs of being hit by an 18 wheeler, and I seemed perfectly fine.
How would you respond to this? Hopefully you wouldn’t believe me. But why wouldn’t you believe me? Because of one very simple truth – people don’t get hit by 18 wheelers and look the same afterwards. In fact, they look radically different.
How could it be possible then for us to enter into a loving relationship with our Creator who brings us from death to life in His loving kindness and grace…and look like nothing really happened to us? Why is it that so many Christians profess Christ as their Lord and Savior, but have no fruit or evidence in their life to justify that claim?
The point here is simple – people who belong to Jesus look like it.
This week, we’re wanting out students to see how Peter’s life and the lives of all who heard his sermon on the day of Pentecost were forever changed by Jesus. We want them to understand and see that genuine faith and salvation in Christ looks like repentance, obedience, and a lifestyle of worship. Our hope is that they will be encouraged to live each day with their Resurrected Lord and Savior at the forefront of their mind, and that no person would ever question who they belong to. We want out students to love Jesus so much that it annoys people (literally). Please join us this week in encouraging out students to live a life of faith obedience to Christ in this fashion.