The Need for The Gospel

World MapMany people would say that world hunger is a big problem. Probably everyone would say that war is a big problem. But the largest threat, by far, is sin. It’s the only thing that keeps us from a glorious relationship with our true Father, the Most High God. The only cure for this problem is the Gospel, the historical event of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, dying under the weight of our sin and rising from death to sit at the right hand of His Father. The only way the Gospel can save souls is if we make its message known to the lost world. What are we waiting for?

“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” – Romans 10:14

Evangelism is a most underrated practice in the church today. Many Christians know that it is necessary to read the Bible every day and pray often. But how many of us consider Evangelism as a spiritual discipline? We should. If we go on through life enjoying God and dwelling on Him, but cease to spread the message that brought us reconciliation with God, we are nothing.

“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:2

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Not “good enough.” Not “ok.” Nothing. Keep that in mind, Christian. If you have all the theological knowledge and steadfast faith in the world, but do not love sinners with the message of Christ, you are nothing. This is something we all need to remember. One of my passions in life is for a living and effective prayer life. I’ve asked God to help me pray plenty of times. But only recently in my life have I really begun to see the utmost importance of not allowing my faith to remain mine. I must share it with others! This can be hard for me sometimes, because I’m very much an introvert. I like to be alone or with my best friends. I don’t talk as readily to random people; especially strangers who need Christ most. God has helped me significantly in this, and I know that if I make it a practice to talk freely and openly about the Gospel, He will open hearts to truly hear and understand. This is how souls are saved, and I want to be a part of that.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

Have you ever thought about all the things you would ask Jesus if you lived in His time? Wouldn’t it be convenient if He told you exactly who to marry, what job to get, and if you should buy that house? Well, He gave us the answer to an even greater question. What should I do with my life? Jesus says we should make disciples of all nations. That’s a pretty clear answer to me. He didn’t tell us to share the Gospel if we felt like it, or if we were called to the mission field. He told us to share the Gospel. Done deal. So do it! Ask your co-worker or your unsaved friend what they think about God. You’d be surprised how many opportunities such a simple question can open up. Invite them to read the Bible with you every week over coffee or after sports practice. This method of sharing God’s word has proven to be quite effective. Don’t be afraid to just talk about God in general. After all, He should be on your mind all the time. Why don’t we revel in His glory out loud more often? Ask God in prayer to give you a heart that longs to share His Truth, and He will. If you mean it, He will.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16

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2 thoughts on “The Need for The Gospel

  1. Grace Johnson
    June 3, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I know quite a few people who seem to have need for the gospel nowadays. Most of them are teens around my age that I know from church activities and reunions. I mean, they seem interested in the gospel during services, but once it’s over, they’re immediately talking about worldly things. And a lot of them, in my opinion, don’t even dress appropriately for church. And a few just don’t care at all. It saddens me to think that these kids might make horrible mistakes in their lives (if they haven’t already). Or worse- reject the gospel completely. I pray for them a lot, and I wonder sometimes how God is going to work in their lives. We all need to start spreading the word because we are literally running out of time.

    Luke, if only there were more people like you speaking out. Even better, if only there were more people accepting the speakers.

  2. Little Elisabeth
    June 8, 2014 at 9:34 am

    C.S. Lewis said something very insightful:
    “If Christianity is false, it is of no importance. If Christianity is true, it is of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is of moderate importance.”
    I have burdened quite often over the tendency to let my mind slip into “keep the peace” (I.E. friendship with the world) mode. A comfortable cushion of status quo, where most every other church-goer rests. What puzzles me the most though is that… Our Christ-like burden for others is at best something we AGREE with and really never get around to doing something about. You are very right, Luke, that evangelism is a discipline. And yet, not burdensome. It’s the very fulfillment of our purpose on earth. We would do so well to get over this lie people call “reality” and dedicate our lives truly in the fear of God and response to His love – in everyday, Spirit-led scenarios. Even if the many will despise us for It. How freeing it is to know that we evangelize for God, not for numbers. (Acts 13:48)
    Thanks for venting! It’s refreshing encouragement to those of us who are intent on the same purpose.

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