Encouragement in Missions

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Watering the Tulips

08/26/2011

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

 

This verse has often been the source of encouragement in witnessing to many children of God.  The Gospel is God’s ordained means in reaching His elect children (1 Corinthians 1:21).  Our responsibility is to merely share the Gospel.  This is what the Great Commission is all about (Matthew 28:18-20).  We do not have to be concerned that we use “scholarly” speech when we talk to people about Christ.  In fact, Paul said he tried to speak in the common language of the people when he shared the message of Jesus with them (1 Corinthians 2:1). 

Oftentimes, we get the idea that we have to frame the sentences just right (grammatically) for people to respond.  However, this is not so.  The Gospel isn’t effective because of our ability to speak proper English or not.  Even the greatest Alabama redneck alive (which this writer may indeed qualify to be) can share the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Some will respond; some will not.  However, this has nothing to do with the speaker.  The Gospel is only effective when it is empowered by the Holy Spirit of God (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5).  We can indeed plant and water.  However, only God can give an increase (1 Corinthians 3:6).  So, if you have been fearful in speaking to some about Christ, this should give you some confidence to boldly proclaim the message of Jesus with your friends and family.

This verse gives us a bit of direction as well as confidence.  It seems that many today believe the Gospel has to be dressed up in order for people to receive it.  In modern day America, we tend to have the idea that we need to “market” the Gospel.  However, this is not true.  As we have already said, the Gospel will only accomplish God’s intended purpose (Isaiah 55:11).  It will never reach further than God intended.  It will never fall short of God’s intentions.  When God is pleased, He will empower His Word and it will soften the hardest of hearts.  The addition of worldly methodology to the Great Commission has done nothing but corrupt the truth.  Indeed, God gave us a sufficient message to carry forth.  He doesn’t need our help to improve it.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the churches of our day returned to preaching God’s Word alone without mixing worldly “theology” into it?  Without doubt, God would bless the efforts of truth as He has done in times past.  Today, we have lulled many to spiritual sleep by creating an environment in which even the vilest sinner can be comfortable.  A wicked person should never be comfortable when listening to the Word of God preached!

Children of God, let us seek the old paths which God has established in His Word rather than these new ways that have been recently established (Jeremiah 18:15).  Let us preach the Gospel with passion in hopes that God would bless it and draw men unto Himself (John 6:37, 44).  This is our duty. 

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