Points to Ponder with Cary E. Vaughn

Coming to Jesus Must be Daily

Several years ago, I met a man with a successful career who said he had tanked spiritually. He asked God to give him a renewed vigor. He put his job on hold and went to Calcutta, India, where he walked the streets for two years with Mother Teresa.

His prayer was answered. He got his “serve” back.

Many can’t travel the world the world to be renewed spiritually. Fortunately, refreshment is as close as our Bibles and obedience is as close as our sneakers.

Here are three things Jesus said we can do:

Come and See

The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?” He said to them, “Come and see” (John 1: 37-39a).

These disciples were seeking the Messiah. They came to see who He was, and they stayed with Him, walked with Him, and ultimately were made more like Him. As believers, we must daily come to God’s Word and remind ourselves of who Jesus is and of what we are meant to be—His hands and feet.

Come Follow Me

We follow Jesus by denying ourselves. Each of us must take up his or her cross, whatever that may be. Sometimes we get confused about who is following and who is leading. When we determine the course and ask God to bless our decisions, we risk wasted effort. God doesn’t follow us; we follow Him. He doesn’t seek our counsel; we seek His.

Go and Tell

We need to gear up and go out. Like the gentleman in the cover story of this issue, we need to keep our antennae up so we can tune in to the Holy Spirit and start important conversations about Jesus. We all have people around us who are lost and searching for their true home—God Himself. He wants us to reach those He’s placed in our paths. Even those of us who are less mobile can faithfully intercede for unbelievers in prayer.

Jesus never quits on us, and we never have an excuse to quit on Him. Let’s get our collective “serve” back.

Until Christ Returns,

Cary E. Vaughn, CEO