Jesus declared in Matthew 24:14 that the Gospel will be preached throughout the entire earth before His return. He was speaking then to the disciples but does this ancient command extend to us today?
During this Easter period or Passover, there will be much reflection on the significance of His death and resurrection. I am sure we will be thinking about what was in the plan for us. “How have I benefited we will ask?” No doubt we will rejoice when we are assured of all that was done for us. Will we also take time to understand what is asked of us?
The command relates to us also. It is as relevant today as it was then. He commissions us to be partakers in spreading the good news (Mark 16:15-16, Matthew 28:18-20).
We express our love for Him by doing His will (John 14:15, 23-24). We, believers, are to share His message with everyone we meet (1 Peter 3:15). These are the people we interact with daily. When we have a passion for saving souls, God will move people into our midst. He will create opportunities for the word of God to be shared.
People will not believe unless they hear the gospel.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14, NIV)
Are we playing our part? What is preventing us? Are we lacking in courage or the words to speak? If we lack courage and/or the words, in faith, we must ask God. He will give us the boldness and words to speak. We must ask and not worry (Acts 4:31). He will provide the guidance and necessary wisdom for us to effectively and efficiently share the gospel (Proverbs 11:30; James 5:20).
When we do our part, God will do the rest. He will draw the people to Him (1 Corinthians 3:6; John 12:32). Not everyone will receive the message (1 Corinthians 1:18, 23; 1 Corinthians 2:18). That is OK. We must accept that as part of the process. Those who God pre-destined to be His will hear. In the process of time they will respond to the message.
Approximately 6 years ago, the youth at a church I attended in Kingston, Jamaica, decided to undertake an evening of evangelism. They decided to targeted the New Kingston area on a Friday afternoon. The area was ideal. Numerous young people socialized there on Friday afternoons. A young man was approached. The message was shared with Him. He did not accept it. He was adamant in his rejection of God. As an atheist, he did not believe in God. That day without him knowing it a seed was planted and watered with the word. Harvest came one year later. While he was having sex the Lord spoke to him. The Holy Spirit moved him to leave the house. He was supernaturally directed to the church. That very week night the church was having a Crusade. The Holy Spirit lead him to the altar, where he surrendered his life to the Lord and was baptized. After that God manifested himself to him and have worked tremendously in his life (Romans 8:29-30). He’s not looked back since, but has grown stronger in faith and the working of God’s power in him. This is not my story. It happened to someone I know.
You never know who you will draw to the Lord. Let us all play our part in advancing the Kingdom of God. Onward Christian soldiers!