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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Motivation to share the Gospel

Share the Gospel

The glory of God and the Lamb of God receiving the reward of His suffering should motivate us to share the Gospel, the power unto salvation, with the world and all we hold dear.

Coupled with that is the work of God in our own hearts. That divine work of transferring what was once vile, ugly and wretched from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light should be reason enough to share the Gospel,  with others.

It should be an overflow of the work of God in our hearts.

But sometimes we need extra motivation.

“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” -1 Timothy 1:15

That should be the motivation. We are sinners, separated from God because of our sinfulness, but Jesus came to save us. He took our sin, produced our pardon and, by the grace of God, tasted death for everyone so that through it He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:9, 14).

Thankfulness should envelop our hearts as we recognize the power in His death and the power in His life; the life He holds out to us. At the same time, we should recognize the life we can now hold out to others through the Gospel.

While reading through Isaiah on Monday, I read some verses that reminded me of the urgency wrapped up in the familiar (sometimes too familiar) command to preach [definition = publicly proclaim; teach] the Gospel to all the nations (which includes the one you’re in now).

JOLT OF MOTIVATION:

“Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it.” -Isaiah 13:9

“Oh that you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river; and your righteousness like the waves of the sea; your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before Me.” -Isaiah 48:18-19

“And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against Me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.” -Isaiah 66:24

If you haven’t read “That Hideous Doctrine” by John Thomas, do it. Let the reality of hell sink in and may it propel you to live and speak the Gospel to those you encounter.

“Do we live in a manner that says we believe in hell?” -Francis Chan

Do we? Do our lives reflect that eternal damnation is real and that all who haven’t absolutely surrendered to God not just as Savior but as Lord of their life, will experience His wrath?

I would say, for the most part, a resounding ‘no’ would answer that. Our society is comfortable with ignoring the realness of hell and the realness of the impending judgment on all who don’t believe.

All the while we hoard the very life that can save them.

 “…Just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never came with words of flattery…nor with a pretext for greed…nor did we seek glory from people…So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the Gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” -1 Thessalonians 2:4-8

May that be said of us.

2 comments on “Motivation to share the Gospel

  1. whittmadden says:

    This has been a word burning in my heart today. I didn’t know that you had written this until 5 minutes ago. Whenever I look at the bigger picture of things, I can’t help but feel as though we are just playing church. Thank you for this word today!

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