Vintage message from January 26, 1997.
“We are to be like Jesus. We are to sacrifice our lives just as He did. We are to lay our lives down just as He did. We are to bring people to a place of relationship with God the Father just as He did. Now, of course, none of us will ever save anyone…And even though we want to be like Christ, Christ — Jesus Christ — is the only One Who has ever saved anybody, because He was the atonement…The whole goal, the whole purpose of us being Christ-like is so that people can look and see Christ Himself and know that, in fact, He can make a difference in our lives. He can change us. Then we become great evangelists. The greatest evangelist is the one who leads a friend to the very feet of Jesus Himself and says, ‘Now, Lord, he’s Yours.’ And that’s where I’ve come to. I don’t try to force people to be saved. I don’t try to beat people over the head with my Bible anymore. I don’t walk around telling them, ‘If you don’t fall on your knees right now and pray for Jesus to come into your life, you’re going to hell!’ And I’ve heard people preach this way. I just simply say, ‘You know, you have a responsibility. Jesus loves each one of us. He died for each one of us, and He wants to have relationship with each and every one of us.’ And then I leave it there. The choice is theirs. All too often I believe that the choice is mine to force them to give their lives over, but we can’t do that. The choice is theirs, and so that’s where we leave it.”