We have been given a great blessing – salvation by Jesus Christ. It is a gift of God, not of works or the result of anything we have done (Ephesians 2:8-9).
But we have also been given a great responsibility – to spread it as far and wide as possible during our life time. To go into ALL the world and share the Gospel that Jesus saves (Matthew 28:18-20).
The issue is not do you know this. Most born again believers know this truth.
The issue is – are you doing it?
Do you have a current, valid passport? No! Well then this is simply head knowledge and you honestly don’t believe that this truth from God’s Word is valid still today or that it applies to you. If God were to say to you that two weeks from now you were to go to some foreign nation to share the gospel with a group of people -you could not do it because you can’t get out of this nation (on a plane) or into another nation without a valid passport. You would be in disobedience to the Word of the Lord to you. So, take a step of faith – apply for a passport!
Do you share about the night-and-day difference Jesus has made in your life (1 Peter 2:9 The Message Version) as you go about your daily life? The Great Commission can be understood to say “as you go into your daily world doing daily things share Jesus daily…” or tell others about the difference being a Christian and having a personal relationship with Jesus has made in your life. Do you pray for opportunities to do this every morning? Do you look for open doors or opportunities to do just this as you go about your every day events of picking up the kids, buying gas for the car, grocery shopping, going for the mail….? No! Then you don’t really believe that the Lord is asking you to share your faith with others – I mean, maybe only certain people are called to evangelize. Maybe you don’t believe that people without a personal relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Saviour go directly to Hell when they die (which means you don’t believe the Bible). Maybe you don’t care if people are going to Hell!
Have you sought out training so that you become more knowledge in both what the Gospel is and how to present it in a valid and relevant way in today’s society? Have you sought out a church that believes the Gospel as presented in the Bible and that will teach, disciple, equip and mentor you in effective, efficient, and biblical evangelism? Have you sought out others that will go out with you as you share the Gospel – Jesus sent His disciples out two-by-two and the early Church (the book of Acts) usually sent out teams to share the Gospel. Have you sought out a particular “fishing hole” where you can go on a regular basis to share the Gospel and give your testimony – a park, a street corner, a food court at a certain mall? Do you seek the Lord daily about being part of what Jesus’ came to do – which was to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10)?
Are we taking His commands seriously or have we decided that we will pick and choose what we want to do and not do regardless of what He wants and regardless of what the Word of God – the Bible – states? I hope we are taking all this seriously because it is not a game. God warns us, as servants, that if we know the Master’s will (if you own a Bible you know the master’s will) and do not do it we are in trouble. Listen to His words. (Luke 12:47-48) “And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”
As I stated at the beginning … We have been given a great blessing – salvation by Jesus Christ. We have been given much and entrusted with much – and so much is required of us and we will be held accountable.
It is time to stop making excuses for our disobedience … Jesus said to those who just might have been about to make excuses … “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” (John 4:35). It is time to share the Gospel and the night-and-day difference Jesus has made in your life with others on a daily basis.
In 2009 I believe the Lord is growing much less tolerant of or patient with the many reasons and excuses we have for not doing what we really know is the right thing to do. And, as we step out in obedience and share the Gospel we will step into the greatest adventure ever offered to any person any where – for He promises to go with us everywhere we go in the whole world and back up what we declare with His presence and power. Now, that is an adventure worth grabbing hold of.