The Cost of Sharing the Gospel

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.

Kevin

3 thoughts on “The Cost of Sharing the Gospel

  1. Praise God brother!…….1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

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