Jesus gives us this command recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. It’s called the Great Commission, and it states,
Go therefore 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 that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 ESV
The Scripture is full of commands and examples of preaching the Gospel. As believers, we know that. We are fully aware that those in our neighborhood, our city, our county, out state, our nation, and the world need Jesus. It’s really, really good news.
Then, why don’t we share it.
Let me re-phrase that question…why don’t I share it. Feel free to ask yourself the same question.
We can go to Belgium and be bold, handing out Bibles, meeting people, talking to people about the saving grace of Jesus. We can go to Mexico in the name of Christ, preaching and singing and teaching. We can go to any of a number of places in the world and dig a well, give malaria shots, comfort those with AIDS, or teach them to read.
But, we return home, to the comfort and safety of our neighborhoods and towns and churches, we go about our business and think nothing about the fact that my friend, my co-worker, or my neighbor may be in the express lane to hell.
Here are a few things to think about, reasons that may keep us from walking across the street or into the next cubicle to share the Gospel.
1. Fear. We live with these people everyday, and, for some reason, we have the fear of opening up and telling them what we believe and how we’ve been saved by grace. Maybe we’re ashamed of previous interaction with them, or maybe our daily example of living hasn’t been the best. Or, maybe we’re just scared they’ll start asking questions we have difficulty answering.
2. Pride. Plain and simple, we may just have too much pride and be too self-absorbed to share the Gospel. Maybe they drink beer, or curse, or act like hellions on your street corner. And, you don’t want to associate with them because…you’re better than that.
3. Relationships. We have enough issues with the relationships we have now, why work to add more. It seems we just don’t want to get to know the people around us.
4. The junk of life. When we go away to do mission work and share the Gospel, we are focused on that. Day after day of a singular purpose of living life to the glory of God and telling people about it. Yet, at home, we have to work, manage schedules, watch our favorite tv show, etc – stuff that really doesn’t matter.
As I challenge myself, let me challenge you, as well, to live life missionally like you’re somewhere else. Today – everyday – have the singular purpose of seeing the world through the lens of the Gospel. Talk to people. Meet your neighbor. Develop a relationship for the purpose of sharing the Gospel. React to issues with the Gospel in mind.
I will work to live daily – one hour at a time – to make sure the people around me hear and know the Gospel.