At self-help meetings, one is encouraged to get a sponsor which is someone to disciple them in the principles of the secular, self-help program. The problem is that a sponsor may not be a Christian. So how can someone learn about Christ from a person who is NOT a Christian? They cannot if the person is not following Christ!

So a good friend of mine came up with this slogan for those who need a sponsor in self-help meetings: “Jesus is my sponsor!”

John 15:13 reminds us that Jesus is the greatest friend we could ever have since He gave His life for us to forgive us of our sins: “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.” (ESV)

Matthew 11:19 also reminds us that they accused Jesus of being a drunkard and a friend of sinners: “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

Jesus is a friend to repentant sinners! In fact, Jesus is my friend and my sponsor! I need Jesus to disciple me and He does through His Word and Spirit spoken through a committed believer and follower of Christ who is born again (John 3:3). In that way, “Jesus is my sponsor!”

We have a relationship with Jesus so this is not some corny, stupid saying. Jesus is my friend and advocate and most importantly, my Lord and Savior! He knows me and I know Him. We are very close. Therefore, I can say that “He alone is my sponsor!”

-Mark (loving my Savior, Lord, and sponsor, Jesus!)

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