The past several years, the past several months especially, I feel like I have preached the gospel very irregularly if commonly at all. At least this is from my perspective. I know that the Gospel is not limited to words from a Christian that suggest and encourage non believers to become believers by praying for forgiveness and repenting for their sins, for the Gospel is God’s representation of His grace through the words and deeds of mere men to other men. Yes, the Gospel is Definitely, Good News, and God be praised for that. However, recently I heard something thought provoking: “If our words do not point back to [Christ and] the Gospel, they mean nothing.”
As those who engage in conversation with me know, I enjoy full conversation; philosophy, theology, politics, religion, history, you name it; I enjoy the discussion. But do these conversations I engage in, [and that I somewhat direct] really qualify as part of preaching the good news? Sure, but maybe not always?
If we look again at a passage I discussed in my last piece, (1 Corinthians 116:13-14), our speech will mirror that of the heart of our faith. Doing all things in love will direct our conversations to focused on doctrine, philosophy, interpretations of Scripture, and applications, but the Good News will always remain: The Good News. So why do I not put more effort into actually making the decision to bring up the Good News in conversation?
By no means do I believe my words affect someone’s choice for salvation; that is God’s business and work. I cannot make someone foolish, wise that they might understand the Gospel and receive regeneration of their heart. While I personally feel often that my conversations may involve such topical pieces, I often feel afterwards like I missed opportunities to share the ultimate Truth of the Good News using the power of Scripture. But perhaps it becomes more my obedience than actual words I speak that form the reason to be ready to preach the Good News.
1 Peter 3:14-16 talks about having a good and ready defense for the sake of the Gospel as such. In it’s context, it endorses Believers to not fear persecution for preaching for the Faith, and so we too may be encouraged to strengthen our defense for Christ’s good representation.
Truly, I do not think that I need greatly worry about my conversations. Jesus Christ, as God incarnate lived on Earth as a man, died, rose from death after three days, and ascended into heaven that people might receive forgiveness of their sin against God, and therefore, glorify and enjoy Him both now and forevermore. This is my chief end. That is every person’s chief end, whether they know it or not. We live to represent Christ. Yes, our words are important. Sharing God’s Good News is Very Important. But our lives are more than the words we say. It is what Christ did that defines us. We live and breath to honor that. It is not about ‘US’ preaching the Gospel and sharing the Good News, although we should and have the divine privilege, but about what God is doing in the lives of every human in history for His glory.
This leaves me at least thinking. Out of obedience, I could make a greater effort to share the Good News with non believers, but I am not worried or going to become legalistic about every conversation I have with a non Christian. I encourage you to try to pray that God would give you opportunities to share the Good News, and I pray that you would be blessed with the faithful response and ability to share Christ with others.
Soli deo gloria.
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