[Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
Sharing faith is not the sole responsibility and concern of pastors, evangelists and missionaries. Every believer shares his or her part in proclaiming the good news and trust in the Spirit’s power to convict people of their need for Jesus.
When we share the gospel, the Holy Spirit helps us to be witnesses in word and deed. Pray for opportunity and courage and God will open doors for you. Trust what Jesus said: “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20) In other words, Jesus promises us His presence and power to accomplish the commission He gave us.
Jesus is the gospel.
Whatever means we use to proclaim the gospel, whether conversation, persuasion, or presentation, we rest on God’s grace alone to remove the barriers and hindrances and to reflect love and mercy for people. Remember, salvation belongs to God but we cooperate and partner with God in His mission. As we follow Jesus, we invite others to follow Jesus as well.
Our call is not to make converts out of people. Rather it is because we have been positively changed by the gospel, we want everyone else to encounter what we have experienced. As we receive unconditional love and grace, we give unconditional love and grace to other people. Someone once described, “Sharing the gospel is like one beggar telling another beggar where to find food.”
Believing in Jesus and sharing about Jesus are part of the same gospel.
It is easy to tell people about Jesus when you realise God has done everything possible to save everyone. All you have to do is to ask God which of the people around you is ready to hear the message of His love—and let God take it from there.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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