Not Ashamed of the Gospel
Romans 1:16 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.
I’ve been talking with an old friend of mine this week. His name is Howard and he’s near 80 years old. He and I taught together for many years and I considered him a mentor. Howard tells me he’s beginning a new personal ministry in which he intends to tell people he knows who aren’t saved about Jesus. Some want to hear it and some don’t, he said, but he’s going to tell them anyway. Now that takes guts. It’s not easy to speak Christ to people who might reject you, but Howard isn’t ashamed of the Gospel. We all need a ministry like Howard’s.
Every Christian who is still breathing needs to spread the Gospel to the lost. Too often we hide our head in the sand and refuse to speak truth into an unbeliever’s life. Rather than bravely proclaiming Christ to the lost we succumb to fear. Too often we act as if we’re ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but there is no greater ministry we can perform. Feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, protecting the battered, and comforting the sick and lonely are all great ministries, but they pale in comparison to our calling to lead souls to salvation. It’s great to invite people to church, but it’s our calling to invite people to faith in Christ. The ministry of the Gospel belongs to all of us, not just the preachers, pastors, and evangelist.
In our generation fewer people are professing faith in Jesus than the generations before us. Now is the time to speak up and speak out. Now is the time to say I’m not ashamed of the Gospel.
Have a God Filled Week,
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