78~Magnificent Soaring

LIFE APPLICATION

~Jesus was perfect. That made a lot of people uncomfortable. In fact, he was killed for it. How does it make you feel being around people who seem perfect, at least in some things? Do you think many people feel awkward following Jesus because of the contrast between his perfection and our imperfection? Have you ever had that problem? Jesus can forgive you so completely of your imperfections (sins) that in his eyes you never did them. How does that make you feel?

~Many world religions teach reincarnation, a cycle that can only be broken when we are perfect. Jesus told mankind he would be perfect for us so that we would only have to struggle through our earthly lives once. Is that a relief to you?

~Jesus commanded that everyone in the world be baptized (Matthew 28:19). Many people are not baptized because of some saintly relative who never was. Jesus knows whether they would have been had they known about it. Someone must break the cycle. Do you want to be the excuse people younger than you use for not being baptized? The apostle Paul was baptized by a man identified only as “a disciple,” a follower of Jesus. He held no church office. Besides, we cannot rely on the heart of the baptizer to determine whether our baptism is valid. If you would like to be baptized, find someone who will help you.