Hello, this paper you’re holding here, is what Christians call a ‘tract’. It tells you the gospel message.
“What is the greatest commandment?” a man asked. Jesus replied “‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30)
Jesus also commanded us to love our enemies, to forgive others, to not even look at someone lustfully. In the Bible, we are also taught that “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” (1 Timothy 6:10) Jesus told us not to follow man but to follow God, and to not lust after things of this world because we have been taken out of it.
If you’ve been put off Christianity because of things that Christians have said or done, I am really sorry.
There’s a lot Christians need to apologize for, like, love of money, exalting oneself above another, being judgemental, not practising what’s been preached, looking righteous on the outside but being hypocritical and lawless inside. These are things Jesus told us NOT to do.
But why bother? You know, why bother looking into what the Bible says? The Bible is not just a handbook for good behaviour, although that’s what happens when you let Christ rule your life. No, it’s much, much more than that. It’s talking about eternity.
The Apostle Paul (one of Jesus’s followers whose many writings ended up being used in the New Testament) wrote: “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness, but unto those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 22-24)
So, what is this gospel message? It is this:
Jesus Christ (who is God) died to save You.
This may not make sense to you. In fact, if your life hasn’t been completely turned around by Christ himself, then this has not made sense to you. Therefore, I plead with you to read the Bible; to grapple with the Lord, to bring all your questions to Him. Jesus said “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7) Therefore seek truth with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and be prepared to die unto self.
It is the job of a Christian to spread the seed of the gospel, and if and where possible, to help nurture that growth. Yet it is Jesus Christ who makes it happen, and it is you, the individual, who makes the choice. Nobody else can do it for you.
I pray that you may seek and be found.
May the Lord of eternal glory be with you.
(Image by Ben Shackleton)