I suspect most Christians feel that one of the hardest people groups to reach with the good news about Jesus is… the ‘sorted’.

By the sorted I mean those who are living a happy life – they’ve got a nice home (nothing too extravagent of course), a good job with reasonable hours, just enough money for a nice holiday (nothing too exotic of course). They have a loving family, get involved with community projects, give to charities… you know who I’m talking about. You may even live next door to them.

I don’t know about you, but the idea of sharing the gospel with them is frankly daunting. Where do you start? No obvious trouble in life, no glaring idol that’s tearing them apart, no overt quest to find a greater truth… they seem sorted. How is Jesus going to be good news to them?

If you have the same reaction as me, then you will find Luke 6:24-26 sobering…

“Woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
Woe to you, when all men speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.”

Far from the ‘sorted’ leaving us lost for gospel-words, knowing people in this situation should set off alarm bells in our mind and cause great concern in our hearts. Far from the ‘sorted’ bring sorted, they are in fact in great danger.

So what can we say to the sorted?

Well… the gospel.

The gospel is about Jesus and the fact he is King. That’s why the response of the crowd to Peter’s gospel presentation is ‘what must we do?’ Jesus is King and whoever you are, you need to respond.

Thats the message, and whether you’re ‘sorted’ or not one day you will meet the King.

Do we love our sorted neighbours enough to get them ready?

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