If you could save someone from dying and give them a lottery ticket worth one hundred million dollars, but the catch was that they probably wouldn’t believe you and would also dislike you for trying to save their life, would you do it anyway? That’s what it’s like to be a Christian who wants to follow Christ’s command of going out and making disciples (“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, …” – Jesus, Matthew 28:19) and being his witnesses (“… and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Jesus, Acts 1:8).
Do you really believe that the people around you will spend eternity in judgment (Hell) unless they are saved through receiving Christ’s forgiveness and salvation? If you do, then, well, what are you going to do about it? I’m asking myself the same question right now. Or, another way to put it is, “Am I willing to be despised by many people in the attempt to save them from having to pay for their sins?” But isn’t that what the disciples did, not to mention the millions of Christians before me? I probably won’t be flayed, clubbed, stoned, dragged, boiled, crucified, beaten or stabbed to death or beheaded for doing it like the first disciples were, or at least not in America any time soon – I hope.
It’s easy to get comfortable in our Christianity isn’t it? It’s like we’ve turned it into a big self-help extravaganza and forgotten all about eternity – well to some extent. I’m guilty of this myself, spending many years focusing on helping people heal and grow in their faith but letting many people I encountered go by without offering the Gospel of eternal life. Don’t misunderstand me, helping people live out the Truth is part of making disciples and necessary for sure. But so is telling people about Christ and how they can be saved eternally. Somebody has to go out and share the Gospel with people and isn’t that what all Christians are called to participate in?
St. Peter was crucified on an X-shaped cross upside down because he didn’t feel worthy of dying the same way his Savior had. I agree with Peter. Peter was all in. The question is, “Am I?” To a degree, I feel ashamed for not sharing the Gospel with as much passion as I share God’s love and truth. I’ll admit that it’s a lot more comfortable to share how God has set people’s value at priceless, is trustworthy in all things and will forgive all their sins than to tell them that unless they repent of their sins and receive Christ as their Savior and ruler of their life, they won’t escape the eternal judgment that awaits them.
People usually appreciate you for showing them the love of Christ and will like you. But sharing the Gospel doesn’t always come with such positive responses. But isn’t telling people how they can gain eternal life the most loving thing we can do for someone? If I truly believe that Jesus deserves my everything, and that people are worth the everything Jesus gave up for them, how can I not tell them? So what if people despise me? Since when is truly loving others conditioned upon how they will love us back? And what is being despised by people compared to the torture and death so many before me have endured, including our Savior, so that you and I would have eternal life? The few who receive eternal life alone are worth the many despising us don’t you think?
Today, as I glanced at the beautiful and amazing wife God has given me, I was reminded of the love He has shown me in so many ways. I owe Him everything. I can’t be liked any more if it keeps others from salvation. I must be despised if that’s what it takes to serve my Savior’s will to give many everlasting life.
I know many Christians have simply not been provided with a practical, simple and non-confrontational way of sharing the Gospel. If by chance you share in my conviction and would like to acquire a simple way of sharing, I’d love to show you how. It doesn’t mean you won’t be disliked but you can be disliked less and be more productive while sharing the Gospel. We equip people with this tool every Sunday as one of our three equipping areas at our new and humble church – The Way Church of Bradenton (info at www.walkthewaychurch.com). Or you can just reply to me and I’ll email you the basic info of how to do it. It’s that simple.
“For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! – 1 Corinthians 9:16″
“Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people! – Jesus, Matthew 4:19″
”So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. – 2 Timothy 1:8″
I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. – 1 Corinthians 9:23″