Why Share the Gospel?

Jesus told us to. We'll look at the verses later. For now, most of us just aren't sure, motivated, confident, or whatever. What can we do?

It's easier to do it if we really know what we have. Then, we might appreciate it more. Then, we'll want to share it.

Let's answer these questions: "What does God want, what is His Gospel, and how does God change our lives with it?"

One more: "And how awesome is that in how many ways?"

What He Did for Us

Let's put it into perspective:

Future Hope

We all rebelled against God and His goodness. We collectively deserved being tossed immediately, silence from God, or being forced to crawl back to Him. God promised He'd rescue us back in Gen. 3:15 before punishing the human race. Humanity sees His steadfast love for us outweighs His wrath. He also said so. He later promises to bring all peoples back to Him in a new Heaven and Earth. A perfect one. A beautiful vision the world didn't share.

Best Friend We Could Have

We deserved God's judgement and wrath for our sins, burning in His Hell. Instead, God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son to save it. God put our sins and the punishment for them on the only innocent, perfect man: Jesus. While we were sinners (God's enemies), Christ died horribly for us on the cross. He served our sentence for us. By His stripes, we are healed. The greatest love is laying down your life for a friend. Jesus loves us like that at our worst. Everyone needs a friend like that.

God With Us

We as individuals deserved to go unnoticed. God instead predestined a plan for our lives, knitted us together in the womb, personally lived a lifetime for us, died for us, was raised three days later, and went back to heaven to send His Spirit down to dwell in us. He saved us when we believed His Gospel and surrendered to Him. People share their experiences on social media. They want to win the lottery, meet famous people, or be in world-changing events. They'd be telling people what happened everywhere they go for the rest of their lives. For each of us, the Most High God of All Creation seeks, overcomes the world, gets close to us, and lives every moment with us. Unlike the world's exclusives, God made it an experience for every individual that puts faith in Him. That's so much more awesome than any experience lost people are seeking or sharing. They need to be in on this!

Makes Us New People

We are still so sinful that trying to be fully good people according to His Law is hopeless. God could just judge and use us on our [poor] merits. Instead, God through His Word and Spirit transforms us daily to be more like Christ. He shapes us more each day into the kind of people we were meant to be. We get closer to Him in the process, staying in His peace regardless of circumstances. Many people want to be the best version of themselves. Every improvement has a positive effect on others around them, too. We know who can get them there.

Gives Us All We Need

We are still often selfish, lazy, or ineffective. We'd never be able to do all that He wants. God said He gave us Scripture and the Spirit to equip us for the good works He created us to do. If with a Christ-focused heart, God blesses and works through every sacrifice we make for Him and others. God also equips us for the future work He wants us to do. He guides us where we need to go. We're like apprentices learning from the master, Jesus Christ, with some special abilities (spiritual gifts) supernaturally granted to us. God gives us purpose and the ability to carry out. God gives us a future hope with Him and a mission to bear His image living this life like Christ. And God guards every step we take. People look for meaning in many activities. With a worshipful attitude, God gives meaning to every little thing we do. Let's help them find it.

Helps Us Suffer Well

We're in a world full of injustice, suffering, and death. We're likely to lose faith or quit when it gets too hard. God told us in His Word that He's sovereignly in control of everything that happens. He never tempts us beyond our ability, every test we can withstand with His help, His discipline is to improve us, and our suffering builds our character. It also brings us closer to Christ who had to suffer for righteousness sake. God says we don't even have to understand it all: just trust Him taking it a day at a time, obey His Word, and love others. He'll do the rest. Others are suffering now or will later on their own. That's so much worse. Let's help them face it with Him.

Let's summarize. We are selfish, rebellious, foolish, ineffective, often weak, and ultimately disposable. Yet, God loves us collectively and individually. God's love leads Him to pursue us, shape the whole world to facilitate saving us, run into it enduring its horrors, forgive us, give us peace, give us purpose, stick with us, train us, console us, and eventually keep us with Him forever in a paradise. These are collectively the love of God for each of us. Being incredible, God also executes a sovereign plan across all of time impacting every nation in the world. Words should not be able to describe our appreciation for His majesty, His undeserved love, and the amazing adventure of a life He's given us. We should be so overwhelmed by it all that we're falling on our faces begging to do anything He asks in this life. This life which is just a blink of an eye but decides how our eternity plays out based on what we do in it. On how much we love, surrender to, and serve Him, and others loving them as He does.

What He Demands of Us

Love God first, love others as ourselves, live holy lives, and... very importantly... share the gift He's given us. The fundamentals of holy living are here. Most people know we're supposed to live holy lives. Many wonder if it's preachers or each of us that are supposed to be regularly sharing the Gospel. Let's let the Word of God speak for itself:

"Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' Amen." (Matt. 28:16-20)

He said to them, 'Go into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation.'" (Mark 16:15)
"How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in him whom they have not heard? How will they hear without a preacher? And how will they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Good News of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things! But they didn’t all listen to the glad news. For Isaiah says, 'Lord, who has believed our report?' So, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10:14-17)
"But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses, and having committed to us the word of reconciliation. We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God." (2 Cor. 5:18-20)
"This Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come." (Matt. 24:14)

All around us, people are perishing. Each one is a lost sheep that, if they return, all of heaven would rejoice over. God has made each of us ambassadors of His message of reconciliation. Jesus commanded us to take it to the whole world: our friends, family, people in our town, our country, and countries that have never heard it. The world! All of creation! Each believer is to know the Gospel, be able to share it, lead others to Christ, baptize those who believe, and teach them via His Word. What that looks like for each of us varies with what God has given us. Far as sharing and studying, this site makes it much easier to learn to do that. When His Gospel spreads far enough, Jesus Christ will then return to end it all. May it happen quickly!

Please share the wonderful gifts God gave you with others that need them. Remember that we plant, water, and harvest, but God causes the growth. We're to share the Gospel with and show love for other people. How they respond is on them, not us. God was gracious enough to make our part simple. Pray every day He gives you the love for the lost necessary to do it. Pray He opens their hearts, gives you boldness to share, and pull them to Him. Step out on faith every opportunity you get. And remember, what He's doing is often invisible, long-term work. He'll reward us for every act of obedience we do. Sharing and serving is always worth it even if you didn't see a single conversion or grateful person for your entire life. You know on His Word you'll eventually see someone who will embrace you saying, "Well done, faithful servant! It's over now. Time to enjoy eternity!"

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