DAY 38 RED LETTER CHALLENGE

Mark 16:15 ESV
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

As we near the end of the 40 Day Red Letter Challenge you may be thinking “I am sure glad we’re near the end because this ‘Week of Going’ requires way too much from me.” Many would say “I’ll forgive, I’ll serve, I’ll be generous, but don’t ask me to talk to anyone!”

If you are a follower of Jesus, you are given the mandate to preach the Gospel to all nations, even to every creature! Some may see this as a chore or a burden, but it is our greatest privilege as believers! Not only is the Gospel of Christ a message of hope – it’s the only message that will bring life to those who receive it.

At times, Christians can actually become ashamed of the very message that caused them to believe in Christ and be saved by Him. That’s something that should be sobering to everyone! If it weren’t for the love of God that gave boldness to those who shared the Gospel to us, we wouldn’t even be Christians today. We can learn a lot from the Apostle Paul and his personal declaration regarding the gospel message.

Romans 1:16 ESV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

When Paul met Jesus on the Road to Damascus, he asked the Lord “Who are you, Lord? And “What would you have me to do?” Before his conversion Paul was beating, imprisoning and murdering Christians for their faith. So it was no surprise to him that it wasn’t popular follow Jesus after his conversion, yet, Paul was not fearful of or intimidated by the opposition to the Gospel.

Saint Francis of Assisi once said “Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.”

It’s so easy to make this our mantra for sharing our faith. While there is nothing wrong with letting our lives speak to the God who lives within us, there comes a point when simply living a good life, being a good friend or a good Christian before others isn’t enough. When we don’t tell our friends what Christ did for them and what He demands for us to be saved, what’s that friendship for? And when we tell ourselves we’re being salt and light but we don’t tell them the source of that salt and light in us, then what good is it? Our kind acts and thoughtful deeds have limited power in themselves. Only Christ can truly save, and they should believe in Him as much as we believe in Him.

How could we be ashamed of the Gospel when the power of the Gospel is the only thing that can give hope to a dying world? Without the Gospel of Jesus Christ, there is no hope.

The Gospel is not intended to save civilization from wreckage, but to save people from the wreckage of civilization! I once had a boss that continually reminded me to “keep the main thing the main thing!” What a true statement. Spend a few moments reflecting on Jesus words regarding “the main thing.”

Luke 19:10 ESV
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
 
Mark 8:36 ESV
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
 
DAY 38 CHALLENGE

Pray and ask God to give you a boldness to share the gospel with someone when the opportunity arises. The Bible says “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” If you have never done this before, start with your story! You can use these verses as a guide: ROMANS 3:10, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10.


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