It is another time of the year to evangelize and make Jesus famous. This month I will be writing more about the gospel, and hope it touches someone out there. You can join me in this outreach.
Should we attempt to make Jesus famous? My response would be, “Can you imagine doing the opposite? Hiding Jesus from a lost world?” Of course, we are to make Jesus famous. We are to publish His name in all the earth. The Bible expects this to be our number one job. We are to proclaim from the rooftops, “Jesus is the Lord, the Savior of humankind.” We are to lift Him up so that all will know his wonderful grace and love.
Habakkuk prayed, “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord.” (3:2).
Paul, in his incarnational hymn of praise, writes, “Therefore God exalted Jesus to the highest place…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” (Phil 2:9-11) That’s just a little bit famous.
Our culture is obsessed with worshipping the “famous ones” of Hollywood and pop music stardom.Many, at this very moment, are grieving the death of one who proclaimed himself the “King of Pop.”
In the midst of this misdirected obsession is it not right and proper to lift up the name of the True King? And, make Him more widely known than any of the pretenders who display only a fading glory. His is the glory that will shine forever. Why not get a head start on worshipping the One who has everlasting glory? Why not make Him the truly “Famous One” in all the earth?
Of course, we want people to move beyond knowing about Jesus to personally encounter Him as God, and as Savior, and as Lord. That goes without saying. But for some people, you have to fill in the lines so they can see the full picture, which is impossible to do when the real issue is not the presenting issue.
Perhaps the objection is rooted in a misunderstanding, that we are to avoid recasting Scriptural principles in the vernacular of our culture. No doubt there is always a danger of miscommunication when we attempt to employ contemporary cultural idioms. Yet, there is a greater danger if we do not. And that is to fail to communicate with this generation at all. It seems to me it’s well worth the risk to employ popular language and concepts to convey biblical truth, which is exactly what the pastor was attempting to do.
Let’s make Jesus famous! In all our communities, work place, schools, and the world! I can’t think of a greater calling than this one thing!
I will be expecting your feedback.
God bless you!!!
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