2 Corinthians 5:20 now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
Today I shared the gospel for the first time in a public setting with a group larger than one. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
Twice a month I meet with my pastor at a local place and have breakfast. We’ve been meeting at this place for quite some time and for as long as I can remember there is a group of men that gather at a table close by. The conversation is typical of what you might expect of a group of retired men. Mostly politics but occasionally other subjects come up; but for me these conversations get ugly with the ease at which the LORD’s name is used improperly.
We’ve recently been discussing 2 Corinthians 5:20 at our church. When is the last time you seriously implored someone to be reconciled to God? I would say for most the answer is never. For most that is the pastor’s job or the Spirit’s job but I say it’s my job and it’s your job, “if” you are a believer. This is not a casual suggestion by Paul; it’s a command, just like the Great Commission.
Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. (When it’s popular or unpopular) Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
My gospel presentation was met with a variety of responses from complete indifference to outward hostility from the man at a different table who was listening in on the conversation. A couple men engaged me for a while but probably thought I was pathetic and like the fly buzzing around, wished I would just go away.
Today I did not share the gospel with much style or with much beauty but I did share the gospel because that is the least I can do for my Lord and Savior. That is my reasonable service. (Romans 12:1) My responsibility is to spread seed and God’s responsibility is to grow. (Mark 4:26-27) I’m thankful salvation isn’t dependent on me. I’m an utter failure at saving people but He is not.
I can only hope I’ve spread the good seed and the LORD God in His sovereignty removes the hearts of stone and replaces them with hearts of flesh.
When I enter glory and I’m called a faithful Doulos it’s only because Christ is worthy and out of loving obedience to Him I will glory in persecutions for His name’s sake. Matthew 24:9, 2 Corinthians 12:10 1 Thessalonians 1:6.
I hope today you are encouraged to be an ambassador for Christ.