53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him55 and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside,they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.
In increasing numbers, people are turned off by church. They are turned off by people who identify themselves as “Christians,” but live lives every bit as carnal as those who make no profession. They are turned off by televangelists begging for $65,000,000 to get a new private jet (see Creflo). They are turned off by high maintenance, and often unkind, co-workers who are always spouting off about their religion. They are turned off by family members who put up a front on Sunday, but live a very different life away from church.
Now the good news: people are still not turned off by Jesus. There is no substitute for touching Jesus. People are open to hope. People are open to redemption. The question each one of us needs to ask is: am I hindering or helping people get to Jesus?
Are your words and actions marked by grace? Are you a genuine follower of Christ? You often hear people say, ‘Well, no one is perfect.” That goes without saying, but we must be genuine. We must be real. We have made Christianity way too complicated. We need to get back to basics. Love God with all that you are. Let God reshape you into the person He wants you to be. Do what you can to help another person touch Jesus.