“Blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” Matthew 13:16-17 ESV
We take so much for granted. A follower of Jesus has tasted of truth, forgiveness, hope, reconciliation, joy, unconditional love, eternal life, and so many other benefits. The best of all, though, is intimacy with God. According to Jesus, when you choose to follow Him your eyes and ears are opened to things you were never able to see or hear before. Spiritual matters that never made sense now make sense.
A connection with Jesus affects your spiritual proximity to God. Your sensitivity to spiritual matters intensifies. What a huge difference it makes to follow Jesus.
The Bible describes a personal relationship with God as eternal life (John 17:3). Followers of Jesus don’t wait for eternal life, they begin living it out the moment they become a follower. There’s no better time, therefore, to start living out Jesus’ prescribed agenda for His followers.
Since we’ve tasted of eternal life, we, of all people, know the value and importance of sharing this message. This life-changing message must not be kept secret! As Jesus said, “many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it.” It’s not something you can just figure out on your own. Others will not know how to connect with God unless you tell them. That’s why Jesus told His disciples that His agenda was to make them “fishers of men.”
So, what’s keeping you from passing the word along? A follower of Jesus is a “fisher of men.” If you’re not fishing, you’re not following. Don’t let the satisfaction that stems from your personal experience with God dull your sense of urgency to get the word out to others who have not. Again, “people have longed to see what you see…and to hear what you hear” and have yet to see or hear.
Who are you going to talk to today?