John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
1Corinthians 9: 16, “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”
2Corinthians 5:11, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”
Read the passages above again. What do they have in common? They have the compelling appeals, encouragements and motivations not to keep the gospel – good news, God’s love, and God’s kindness to oneself. The gospel must be shared.
Praise God it’s another Christmas. Many material gifts will be shared in the next few days. I have been blessed by people thinking about me and sending what they feel will make me happy and be connected to them. I am grateful for such thoughtfulness. During this Christmas, I want you to consider giving a non-material gift, the gift of personally sharing the love of God, the gospel.
What should motivate you in sharing the gospel at Christmas
1. Passion: Passion is the compelling force, the drive, the motivational incentive behind every move we make to save a soul. Passion creates interest and motivates us to move out of our comfort zones. It is this kind of passion that made Jesus to leave heaven and came to the world to seek those who are lost. Pray for passion that will make you uncomfortable sitting among those who need the gospel and doing nothing.
2. Assurance that Jesus saves. Paul testifies to the power of the gospel. He says it is the power of God. The power that set sinners free is in the gospel. Captives, drug addicted people, way-ward child, broken marriages, etc.
3. The urgency of preaching the gospel. The Bible says in John 9:4, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” Let us share the gospel now. Time is coming when it will be too late.
The Lord wants us to be our brothers and sisters keepers. Ezekiel makes this clear (Ezekiel 33:1-4). I don’t want you to be guilty of what in law is called criminal negligence. One can be guilty of criminal negligence, “if a person were to see a house on fire and do nothing to arouse the occupants, he or she would be guilty of criminal negligence.” During this Christmas, let the passion of God, the power of the gospel and the urgency of the gospel motivate you to share the gospel.
All Africa Baptist Fellowship