ARE WE SERIOUS ABOUT SPREADING THE GOSPEL?
Dear Fellow Laborer in the Kingdom,
Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our lord Jesus Christ. Even though everything does not go my way, I am glad to be born again. I am so glad that the Lord reached down in my mess and pulled me out of my sins. Praise God for His goodness!!!
As I was praying about what to share, this subject came into my mind. ARE WE SERIOUS ABOUT SPREADING THE GOSPEL? I was just reading a magazine entitled The Voice of the Martyrs. The mission of the founder of this magazine (ministry) has been to serve our persecuted family since 1967. The founders were Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand. Both were imprisoned for their faith in Christ. Richard was not just put in prison, he was tortured for standing up for righteousness. After he was released from prison, he still suffered from the after effects of his torturers. I think to myself, what am I willing to endure for the cause of Christ? In America, we call it suffering to be without air conditioning. We complain about people not liking us. I see what other brothers and sisters go through in other countries to spread the gospel. I am humbled by what I see. I must repent of being disturbed by the small insignificant things I endure in America. May our God forgive us for our complaining? Matthew 10:16-17, 21-22 We are sent as sheep in the midst of wolves; be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Jesus said beware of men: for they will deliver us up to the councils, and they will scourge us in their assemblies. And brother shall deliver up brother to death, and the father the child; and the children shall rise up against their parents and cause them to be put to death. And we shall be hated of all men for Christ’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Do not get me wrong. I am not wishing for persecution like other Christians endure in other countries. I want to be strong in the grace of God to carry the gospel wherever God sends me.
We should have the attitude like Christ’s disciples. In John 11 Jesus’ friend Lazarus was sick. God desire Jesus to go to Lazarus. Where Lazarus resided was a place where the Jews sought to stone Christ. Jesus said that he must go to Lazarus at the direction of his Father God. Jesus’ mind was made up to go. Not being able to convince Jesus not to go, Christ’s disciples chose to go with their master. Some ministers will be influenced to obey God when they see others that obey Him no matter the cost. Philippians 2:14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much bolder to speak the word without fear. Acts 20:23-24 The Holy Ghost told Paul that in every city where he carried the Gospel; bonds and afflictions (tests, trials and hardships) awaited him.
Paul responded with this statement. None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. We as servants of Christ must be prepared to endure harness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Can you say amen? In Acts 21:10-14 A notable Prophet named Agabus told Paul by the Spirit of God, he would experience bounds and hardships. The friends of Paul endeavored to convince Paul not to go through those hardships. They told him not to go to Jerusalem. Paul said to them, what mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul would not be persuaded, his friends ceased, saying, the will of the Lord be done.
If we are serious about spreading the gospel of Christ, we must be like our master. The crucifixion of Christ was called his passion. He would not be deterred from the cross. His friends, his disciples and his own soul tried to stop him from going to the cross. We are serious about spreading the gospel. We will not allow anything to stop us from obeying God. Amen and amen!! Meditate on these scriptures. Hebrews 12:2-3 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your mind.