Tuesday, March 10, 2015

That isn't sharing the Gospel, this is ...

These things:
  • Letting your light shine, like a lamp set upon a hill.
  • Being the salt of the earth.
  • Loving your neighbor.
  • Serving meals at a local homeless mission.
  • Serving one another in the church.
  • Going on a short-term mission where you help build a house for a poor family.
  • Serving in a program at church.
  • Mentoring students at a local elementary school.
  • Sending a monthly financial gift to support an orphan in a far-off country ...
... these and many other very good things that many Christians do is NOT sharing the Gospel. They are attitudes and actions that all display Christ in us, and His love for those we serve doing such things. But these good deeds is not the same thing as sharing the Gospel.

To share the Gospel, we must open our mouths (and possibly also our Bibles) and actually specifically share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

That message is not transmitted by osmosis when we engage in good deeds and loving others. The result of the Gospel in us is being reflected, but the message isn't conveyed so that others literally know and understand the Gospel message.

I think we get very confused, thinking that if we just do good deeds, people will come to Christ. Those good deeds may spur some people to ask what our motive is, thereby opening a door to extend an invitation for the sharing of the Gospel, but until we literally open our mouths and share the Gospel with someone, we haven't told the one story that can save their souls and transform their lives.

Loving and serving others, and living a life where good deeds are a normal practice, is the way we are to live in this world among both Christian and non-Christian alike. But to get the Gospel to the lost and broken world, we have to engage in a ministry of reconciliation where we communicate a message of reconciliation so that God, through us, can make His appeal for reconciliation to the lost ...

"And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ's ambassadors, God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, 'Come back to God!'" 2 Corinthians 5:18-20.

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Scotty

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