One of the most famous roads in the United States is US 1. It passes right through Raleigh! US 1 is the longest north – south highway in the United States, stretching 2,369 miles, from Fort Kent, Maine on the Canadian border, to Key West, Florida.
“Okay, thanks for that Pastor. You applying for a job with the D.O.T.? No, I’m not applying. Actually, I’m appealing. I’m appealing to all of US to make 1 commitment in 2017. This world is coming to an end. Jesus is coming back. And, people without a relationship with Him will spend eternity in hell. The road to hell is a road that every single person on this earth travels, because we have all sinned, and that sin puts US on the road to hell.
As most of you know, the only way to get off the highway to hell is by exiting onto Grace Place. Jesus walked a road known as the, Viadolorosa, “The way of suffering.” He carried His cross up to Calvary to be the sacrifice that would pay the toll that allows all of us to reach heaven.
Of course, the command to carry the message of Christ to the world, is found all through the word of God. Matthew 28:19:20, for example, gives us the imperative to go and make disciples. In Acts 1:8 we find the command to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8 NLT) Or, as we like to say at Cross Culture, “To share Christ here, there, and everywhere.”
Perhaps the most beautiful passage dealing with our responsibility to the lost is found in the book of Isaiah:
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns! (Isaiah 52:7)
All those verses, and many more, imply that Jesus’ disciples will “hit the road” with the life changing message of the cross. So, that’s my appeal to all of you who are disciples of Jesus. Will you commit to submit to God in sharing Christ in 2017? Will you tell God you are willing to be a part of the growth of His Kingdom?
I’d like to call it the US 1 Commitment. Each of US committing to attempt to give out 1 iVite card each week. Each of US committing to bringing 1 person to our Resurrection Day service. (Easter) Each of US seriously attempting to go on 1 of our mission opportunities this summer. (Boston – July 16-22, or Peru – August 1-7)
I’ll pretend you’re not tired of the road analogy yet, and remind you that US 1 is a long road. It can take a while to travel, but that’s okay. As Michael Card says: “There is a joy in the journey.” Being engaged in the mission is exciting, and rewarding!
Honestly, I don’t want the US 1 Commitment to be a short-term thing just to make the pastor feel good that enough people made the commitment. I want this to be our lifestyle, for the rest of life’s journey. It is the key to Cross Culture’s growth. It is the key to the Kingdom’s growth. And, it is the key to your growth as a follower of Christ. It is only in obedience to Christ that we can grow in Christ. It’s time for all of us to stop making excuses and start making progress in our calling to “bring the good news of peace and salvation” to the world. Will you make the US 1 Commitment? Are you ready to be a road warrior?
There is an old saying that you may have heard: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
Dr. J. Clay Stevens is Lead Pastor of Cross Culture Church in Raleigh, NC. He is author of the book I Get It! Discovering How To Really live In The Promises Of God. His life mission statement is: "To take people from where they are to where God wants them to be."