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The Cost of Sharing the Gospel

by on August 24, 2012

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

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3 Comments
  1. Tyler Bolkema permalink

    Praise God for His grace in your life to share the gospel. Love you brother.

  2. Roy Sandercock permalink

    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.

  3. Paul Gullickson permalink

    Praise God for your obedience. You have supplied me another tool to spread God`s truth.

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