“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Rom. 1:16).
One of the greatest responsibilities of a believer is to share his faith to those who are still outside the kingdom of God. When this topic is broached, many Christians would unanimously agree on its importance. But when this issue is pointed directly to ourselves, most of us would have mixed feelings about it. First, there is a feeling of fear because this task involves the eternal destiny of the soul of human beings. Then, there is also the feeling of incompetence because we felt that we may not be able to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. And because of that, we always come up with reasons (read excuses) why we do not share our faith. Finally, all these lead to dejection – for we know that we have not fulfilled this obligation required of us. Thus, fear leads to incompetence, and incompetence leads to dejection, and with dejection, even more fear. The vicious cycle goes on …
Many times, this feeling of fear is a stumbling block in our path to carry out the mandate which God has entrusted to us. In order to overcome this major problem in all of us, we must get rid of the fear factor. Most of the time, our fear comes about because we are overly conscious of our own selves. We fear that WE are not able to do a good job for God in sharing our faith. We fear that WE may be embarrassing ourselves in front of others. It is high time that we get rid of WE and start letting God works out His will through us. To do that, we must note that salvation of souls is the work of the Holy Ghost. The normal means of salvation is through the outward preaching of the Gospel and the inward working of the Holy Ghost. In other words, no matter how well the Gospel is presented, if the Holy Ghost does not work in the heart of the hearers, they would not come to salvation.
This understanding is crucial to help us to overcome our fear. The success of sharing our faith does not solely depend on the way we present Gospel – it depends on the work of God in the hearts of the people. If we truly believe that God is the source of salvation, then we ought not to fear that we may speak the wrong things. God will guide us as to what to say, if we yield ourselves completely to Him, to be used by Him. We are just messengers of the Lord. As messengers, we carry the Gospel to those who would want to hear it. We have nothing to fear as messengers. To use an analogy, it would have been ridiculous for a postman to fear the letter he is delivering would be rejected. Such a thought would not have been acceptable. Similarly too, we are postmen (messengers) of God. And our job is to deliver the good news of the Gospel of salvation to the hearers. Because of this, we ought not be ashamed but depend on God to work out His plan of salvation. The apostle testifies, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…” (Rom. 1:16). Salvation rests on the power of God, and not on us. Let us not think that by the wisdom of our speech, our oratorical skill and our power of reasoning would be able to turn a soul to Christ. The apostle Paul reminded us, “4And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1Cor. 2:4-5).
We ought to present the Gospel in a precise and concise manner, pointing out that we are all sinners and in need of a savior in our Lord Jesus Christ. We must address the great human need of forgiveness and love. We do not beat around the bush and camouflage our speech with human wisdom to make people feel good with our words, and neglect to sharef the unsavoury message of sin. Why would people need a Saviour if they do not know understand that they are sinners? Good news can only descend if we know that things are bad. But at the same time, we must also season our speech with grace: “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Col. 4:6). God sends us as His messengers not to condemn the world but to preach Christ that the people may be saved. We know this saying very well, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This verse is the most well-known verse in the whole Bible. Many of you can recite this verse with ease from your memory. But do you know John 3:17? “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17). Yes, we preach the love of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We preach not to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through our Lord Jesus Christ. Isn’t this good news to the world?
Sharing your faith is nothing to be fearful of, especially when we have felt the wonderful love of God in our lives. If God has been so wonderful to us, then shouldn’t we be joyful to share this experience with others? But if we have never felt God’s amazing grace in our lives, then it would be hard for us to share this experience in a vacuum. For example, when asked where to find the best chicken rice stall is in town, you realized that you can share it expressively, even describing in detail how succulent the chicken is, how fragrant is the rice and even the “oomph” in the chilli sauce. But when it comes to the Gospel, you are in a loss of words. Why the contrast? Is not salvation the better of any chicken rice? Surely, you have tasted the goodness of the Lord in saving you and you would like to share this experience with others, don’t you?
I believe all of us are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. Rather, it is our fear that cripples us as far as the sharing of our faith is concerned. Our church will be conducting the Gospel Musical “The Love Story.” Many of you have put in a lot of hard work in the practices and rehearsals. You have sacrificed your time for this evangelistic project. But if you do not go out and invite the people for this Gospel Musical, then all your efforts in practice will be wasted. Who will be coming to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ? We are not singing to ourselves. We are proclaiming the Gospel to those still outside the kingdom of God. We have to bring the people in to hear the Gospel. Do not be fearful of what people may say to you. Be courageous. Invite them. Whether they will come or not, let the Lord work in their heart. May the Lord grant us the boldness and grace to do this task. May the words of this hymn below spur you and challenge you to do your best for our Lord Jesus Christ. HCL.
I wonder, have I done my best for Jesus, Who died upon the cruel tree?
To think of His great sacrifice at Calv’ry! I know my Lord expects the best from me.
How many are the lost that I have lifted? How many are the chained I’ve helped to free?
I wonder, have I done my best for Jesus, When He has done so much for me?