Before Christ ascended into heaven, He gave an earth-shaking and profound mission for the Church He founded.
The words used were simple and yet, Jesus commanded the most important and essential work on the face of the planet. He said:
“Go into all the world and PREACH THE GOSPEL to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
As Christians, followers of Jesus Christ’s footsteps, we need to earnestly and zealously carry out the command of our Master and that is to preach the Gospel to every creature and “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19).
Therefore, if we really want to be called effective Christians, it is our duty to proclaim the Good News this world desperately needs to hear.
We need to develop the habit of preaching the Gospel.
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What is the Gospel?
As we look into our world filled with satanic deception, it is not surprising that we see different kinds of Gospels. We hear of the gnostic gospels, infancy gospels, the prosperity gospel, the once-saved-always-saved gospel, gospel of Eve, gospel of Peter, and the list just goes on and on.
In order for us to be effective in preaching the Gospel, we need to KNOW first what it is. If we want to know the answer, we need to take a look at the Bible.
We read in Mark 1:14 and Luke 4:43:
“Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”
“I must preach the kingdom of God… because for this purpose I have been sent.”
Jesus Christ came to this earth to preach the same Gospel that had been preached all throughout the century – the Gospel of the Kingdom of God!
The central message of Christ is not His birth, not His suffering, and not His death.
Yet, we too often hear of churches today only focusing their messages on the life and death of Jesus Christ and failing to recognize that there is a more important message to preach and that is the message of HOPE!
The Christian world is blinded.
They are either focused on a baby and helpless Jesus wrapped in a manger or a marred and dead Christ on the cross!
The world failed to set their mind to the LIVING, POWERFUL, and DIVINE Christ who is now sitting at the right hand of the Father.
The Bible plainly tells us that there is still hope for this hopeless world and Christ will one day return and usher in the COMING Kingdom of God!
A message to this dying world
If you are given a chance to get a message across this sick, dying world, what would it be? In this world full of moral decay, hatred, greed, strife, suffering, and pain, there is no doubt that many people long for good news.
In a global scale, millions are dying because of natural calamities, famines, wars, violent crimes, poverty, hunger, accidents, diseases, and the list just goes on and on. We know that things will get worse before they get better.
Darker days are still looming around with man’s capability to self-destruct. Life here on earth is getting more dangerous with each passing day.
So what is the hope in all of these?
The hope lies in the message that each of us, Christians, should bear. It is the hope that one day, God will directly step into in the affairs of men and establish His Kingdom here on earth through His Son, Jesus Christ.
What is the answer to today’s problems and suffering?
The answer to that question should be clear to us by now. More than 2,000 years ago, Jesus walked here on Earth to preach the good news of the coming Kingdom of God.
Today, we are commissioned by Jesus to preach the Gospel throughout the world (Luke 9:1-6). This is the guiding principle that steadily motivates the effort of the Church in putting significant resources in spreading the Gospel.
My friend, God gave us His word, and He revealed to us His truth.
What are we doing with the truth God gave us? God never intended that we would just keep the truth. We are NOT to bury the truth God gave us like the man who buried his talent in the ground.
It is time to look into ourselves and see how we are doing in preaching the Gospel in a personal level.
Treat preaching as your daily spiritual food
If there is one Person, who has walked this earth and has preached the Gospel in the most efficient manner, it would be Jesus Christ.
What made Jesus as an effective preacher of the Gospel? What was His motivation? What were His drive and passion?
Let us read John 4:31-34:
“In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”
We can see from these verses that one of the sole purposes of Jesus’ existence as a human is to do His Father’s work.
He is so CONSUMED with the desire of preaching the Gospel that it becomes His food.
Christ considers the Father’s work as His food, His daily sustenance, that if He failed to do God’s work, then like a man who does not eat, He will become hungry, weak, and eventually die!
Christ gets His daily sustenance and nourishment by doing the work of God on a regular basis!
How about us? Do we consider preaching the Gospel of God as our daily food? That when we don’t preach it, we will die spiritually?
We know how important food is, right?
We spend the majority of our daily budget on food. We are aware when we don’t eat on a regular basis, we will become malnourished. Our health will worsen, and we die eventually.
The same with preaching the gospel. We need to make sure that we do it on a daily basis.
We need to realize that we will die without it. We must be busy doing our Father’s business, and that is to bring more sons and daughters in His family.
Support the work of the Church
My friend, LET US NOT COMMIT THE MISTAKE THAT PREACHING THE GOSPEL IS ONLY THE WORK OF THE MINISTERS. This is the work of the Church, and you belong to that Church.
Let us read, Verse Matthew 24:45-47.
“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so DOING. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.
Blessing has already been pronounced to those who will do the work of the Church.
When Jesus will finally return here on earth, will He find us faithful and still preaching the Gospel? Or will we be too busy doing our own business that we forget what matters MOST during this lifetime?
The effort of the Church is as strong as its members.
If each of us is doing the work, then the effort of the Church will be more substantial. We will be more efficient if we do our part.
Remember what Mark 16:15 tells us? It says, go into ALL the world and preach the Good News to everyone. This may sound so difficult and even impossible.
Nevertheless, God expects us to do our part no matter how tough preaching the Gospel may be.
So how can you preach the gospel as an individual?
Make the people be aware of the wonderful world tomorrow.
Be the light of the world! Be a responsible representative of God and an ambassador of His Kingdom.
There are many ways that you can spread the Gospel. All you need is actively find and grab every opportunity to share what we believe.
Our Life should be filled with the passion of sharing the Gospel. Let us make this our magnificent obsession!
Pray for God to bless our effort
Preaching the gospel is the greatest work on the face of the planet. You are privileged and honored to be called in this lifetime and be part of this work.
But we cannot do this all alone.
This is a very challenging mission that Jesus gave us. Yet, we cannot raise our hands and give up telling ourselves that this could not be done.
But “We live by faith and not by sight.”
We might waiver when we look at our physical circumstances, but God is faithful who would supply all our needs in order to fulfill our God-given mission.
We are on God’s side and we could be confident that we will succeed with His help.
Let’s read to I Corinthians 3:5-7.
“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.”
We are nothing without God’s help… that is the reality.
We are to plant the seed, but it is only God who gives the increase.
We know that it takes a miracle for every person to see the truth and accept it. It is not our job to convert people; it is God’s will and prerogative.
He is the one who gives the increase. We are just here to preach the gospel and tend to those people who will answer the call.
Make preaching the Gospel your habit
We are living in a dangerous world. The financial crisis that is plaguing most of the world’s economy and the ever growing problems that we face challenge us, the Church, to preach the Gospel with more ZEAL, INTENSITY, PASSION, AND MOST OF ALL, LOVE FOR THE WORK.
We are not called here in the Body of Christ to be passive – to just come and go, to be just bench warmer.
Do we just sit back, relax, and expect others to do the job? What do you do in between Sabbaths? What do you do? We must be fueled with the zeal and passion of preaching the Gospel.
NO matter what I tell you, I know these are nothing until we keep them in our hearts and put it into practice.
Let this message not be in vain, but rather inspires us to do the work.
I would like to close this chapter with I Corinthians 9:16. It says:
“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!”
At the end of all this, we must ask ourselves; are we doing our part in preaching the Gospel? Is part of our inner being?
If not, we can say the same thing to ourselves. Woe unto us if we do not do our part! Woe unto us, my friend, woe unto us.
I cannot overemphasize this statement enough. We must have an honest examination of our priorities and see if we are living up to the expectation of Jesus Christ. We have a lot of work to do.
We must never grow weary of doing God’s work because, in due time, He will reward us according to our deeds. May we find the motivation and zeal to carry on with this mission and together let us preach the Gospel throughout the world!