How many times have you shared the Gospel this week?

I am not asking this question to see who wins with the most times in one week. No.

I was riding home this afternoon on the bus, and this question came to me. I think it is a valid question that every “born of the Spirit” believer should ask themselves. And at the end of every week would not be an over kill either. I believe it would fall into “accountability”.

Now to back up a little here and try and make this an encouraging post, not a discouraging one, do you know that you are called to share the Gospel? Of course, if you don’t understand this, or don’t believe it, or you have not been taught this, then it would certainly be understandable why you don’t. Like anything else in life, if your not taught, encouraged, or understand how to do it, then why would you even try. If you were told that you didn’t have to evangelize, then what’s the worry, right?

One of the most “damnable” things as far “witnessing” goes, is the ever so popular “heresy” of  “just live the life”. That is about as far from the teaching example of Jesus and all his disciples, as is the Earth from Mars.

One big quote that a lot of Pastors, teachers etc. have used over the years to try and encourage their flocks not to worry about witnessing vocally, is that from “Saint Francis of Assisi”, “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words”. While there is some truth here, and that being, “Preach the gospel at all times”. This is a true statement. The later however, leaves you thinking, well, sometimes, or once in a great while, I should try some words.

My answer to this would be a simple one. First off, who is our supreme example? You got it, Christ Jesus. Did He never use words? Yes, He certainly did the example of “living the Gospel” like no one else, nor will anyone else ever do.

But the key to remember here is “The Holy Spirit”. He changed everything when He came. Christ said that He would and He certainly did. The foundation point to understanding witnessing, is The Holy Spirit. Without it, we are reduced to a small set of a few books on “how to evangelize”. Oh, did I forget to mention that it would also be “powerless?”

Commonly called the “Great Commission”, it was given to all believers after they had received The Holy Spirit. Without the baptism of The Holy Spirit, there is no power to witness. For only He gives The Power. The power to become a witness of The Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke’s account leads us up to the account given in the Book of Acts.

After Christ opened up their understanding, He said,

“Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of my Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”  (Luke 24:46-49)

In verse 47, Christ said the word “preached”. The meaning of this word is : “to herald (as a public crier), preach, proclaim, publish.”

In the book of Acts, Christ’s last words are as follows,

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8)

So, if you have been baptized in The Holy Spirit, you have the power to become a witness. The question is, when was the last time that you used that power? How many times this week?

One good way is to always have on hand some good gospel tracts. Not that you fall into the trap of never saying anything to anyone, but only leaving or giving them a tract, No. Listen to the Spirit as to what to say or do. Each situation will be different. Why? Because each person is in a different place in their quest for God. And The Holy Spirit only knows where that place is. Ask Him, He just might let you know some things that would help.

I will end with just one challenging statement:

We will all give an account on that day when we stand before Him and he asks us what did we do with what He gave us? Be it “talents”, “gifts”, “money”, “good looks” etc. We will give an account of our lives spent here on this dirt, called earth.

May He continue to bless you as you go out!

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8 Responses to “How many times have you shared the Gospel this week?”

  1. godsloveandlaw Says:

    Absolutely Bro! In my own case as I go do the service calls I have the oppurtunity many times during the week to spread the Gospel. Infact I have two versions of Christian readings for the people (spanish and english). Also you are correct that “living” the life is not enough. Our fruit will bear very little this way. And ofcourse the internet have vastly opened up our opportunity. Recently I’ve obtained flyers for the very popular online TV Christian station–www.3abn.org. Bro, we are living in the time of Revelation when the three angels proclaim their message. And as “proof” we’re nearing the end, Jesus’ prophecy of “and the gospel will be preached to all ends of the world, then the end will come”. Today as never before THIS IS HAPPENING! It’s no time to be quiet and NOT tell people to accept our Lord’s gracious gift of Salvation. And , most importantly, HOW to live AFTER we’ve accepted Him.

  2. Richard Says:

    Hi Bro,
    What’s the “Christian readings?”
    Yes, time is getting short to get the Good News out there. Yes, there is a heap of living that must take place after conversion. But, He gives us what we need.
    Good to hear from you!

  3. godsloveandlaw Says:

    Good question. It’s a book about accepting Jesus as your Lord AND what to do after you’ve accepted. So many Chrsitian like to spread the word, then they say “well, you’re on your own” Jesus says specific instructions on “what” to do. (John14:15) ” IF you love Me, keep my Commandments” I know you and I had alittle discussion about this, but bro, keep in mine ALL Jesus Commandments (especially His ten Commandments written in His own Hand) are to be obeyed. Obedience is not having the Holy Spirit “guide” you in breaking them. If you are thus “guided” in breaking them , then it is definitely NOT from the Holy Spirit. (Matt 19:17,18) “If you wish to enter life, KEEP the Commandments(just which ones is He talking about? read on), thou shall not murder, thou shall not commit adultery,thou shall not steal,thou shall not bear false witness, honor thy Father and Mother, love thy neighbor as they self” Here He definitely show “what original Commandments” He’s talking about. I guess I’m practicing (Psalms 119:72) from His beloved “David” when he said “The Law (translated in hebrew-ten Commandments) from your mouth (spoken aloud from Mt. Sinai) is more precious to me than silver and gold”

  4. Richard Says:

    godsloveandlaw,
    Is the “Christian readings” from your “seventh day church?”.
    I agree, discipleship is very important. Teaching them to follow Christ and His teachings which are more than just the commandmands of God.
    Christ fulfilled and exceded the 10 commandments. It’s not to say that we purposely break them, but we follow Christ into the fulfilment of them.

    In you quoting of the Matt 19 scripture, don’t forget that He summed it up to the rich young ruler by saying, “If you want to be perfect, sell all”. Classic example again of the exceding the commandments.

    His whole word is more precious than gold and silver, not just the ten.

    Well, I know we see a little differant. But, instead of debating back and forth, let’s keep busy in fulfilling the great commission of getting The Gospel out to the world. Jesus was very clear on what it was going to take to enter The Kingdom of Heaven.

    Love ya brother

  5. godsloveandlaw Says:

    The book is entitled “Ten Commandments twice removed” By Danny Shelton and Shelly Quinn. Danny is founder (along with our Lord) of one of the largest Christian online stations and programs in the world. It is seen almost in every nation of the world today. Have you ever watched it? http://www.3abn.org
    Yes, they are members of the Seventh day adventist church. Which goes 100% by the word of God (bible). I know you have had “bad” experiences with your church(s) but bro, don’t criticise until you’ve researched yourself “what” is a churchs doctrines to see if it lines up with God’s word. Believe me if I discovered that it didn’t line up, I’d be the first one out (like you bailed).
    I truly am amazed that you keep saying “Christ fulfilled and exceeded the Commandments” Let me get this clear. Do you mean that Christ eliminated them? Do you mean He cancelled them out? It sure seems that is your purpose of continually saying that. Look at what JESUS SAID. In the verse where He said “I have come to fulfill”(Matt 5:17) just prior to that He said “Think NOT that I have come to destroy the Law” THEN He said “No, I have come to fulfill” So if the Law is not destroyed (which can also mean eliminated) then it means it’s STILL in place. Can you see this? Infact right after Jesus said “I have come to fulfill He said “Whoever breaks the least of the Commandments AND TEACHES OTHERS TO DO SO, shallbe called LEAST in heaven, but whoever DOES THEM, and TEACHES OTHERS TO DO SO, shall be called GREAT in heaven” So how can Jesus eliminate His Holy Laws with saying just what He said? There is no need to keep them if Jesus “fulfilled” them as you seem to think, right? Bro, it is very obvious that Jesus tells us to DO them and to TEACH others ot DO them.
    Now about your comment on (Matt 19) you said Christ is saying to “exceed” His Commandmnets and I would say that, yes, if one KEEPS the Commandments, and want to go even farther in being closer to God, he can sell all and totally dedicate his life to God. But , again Jesus is not saying “forget about the Commandments and just sell all and you’ll be ok. No way! Because the man asked “what” must we do to enter eternal life. Jesus did not hesitate to recite His original Commandments. And He stopped there, he did NOT say “keep the Commandments” AND sell all you have.
    On your last comment, let’s not forget that David was greatly loved by our Lord and HE SAID, not you, that our Lord’s ten Commandments are more precious to him than silver and gold. I prefer to quote scripture as IT IS. And not try to “exceed” it’s meaning by putting in something that is not in the bible like “His whole word is more precious than His Law (ten Commandments). Try not to view His Law as no longer worthy and reduced to “relic” standards. Yes, Jesus was very clear on what it takes to enter eternal life, infact that EXACT question was asked by the young rich man. Again look at our Lord’s response–KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS. His word is what I will go by, NOT my own “spirtual guidance” because as I said the Holy Spirit CANNOT and WILLNOT guide us to break them.

  6. Richard Says:

    Well, bro
    We just see it different.
    Every denomination claims to be following the word 100% (what’s new!). The church experience wasn’t all bad. Just too much, “we’ve got a corner on the truth” attitude. “were right, everyone else is wrong”. This is where trouble starts.
    Christ did not eliminate the 10, but He did exceed them.
    You missed the whole point Christ was making in the rich young ruler. He was a strict follow of the commandments, and Christ knew that. But, it didn’t make any difference to Christ, because He knew where his heart was, on riches. That’s the point.
    Anyways, I don’t want to get into it. I hope to someday write a post on this subject. I have all the scriptures, but don’t have it all together to put into a teaching.
    Let’s agree to disagree!
    According to Christ teachings, we are not going to be judged by whither or not we kept the 10, it’s way more than just that. The Sadducees and the Pharisees thought that. Christ was furious with them!
    It’s so much more bro.
    Love ya brother!

  7. Richard Says:

    And, what was the title of my post here?

  8. godsloveandlaw Says:

    Yes, bro, I saw your title and what did I say?
    Absolutely bro” I agreed we MUST share the gospel. But the REAL question is are we sharing what truths are “in” the gospel? Ok, Let’s follow this, you said “Christ did not eliminate the 10” Ok, if it’s not eliminated then it must still be followed and obeyed, yes? But do we REALLY obey them bro? Or are we saying we should, BIG difference.The fruit of obedience comes from “doing” them not saying we should then NOT doing them.
    I did not “miss” the point. Christ understood that the man was “saying” he kept them since his youth but Jesus was really saying to him “have you REALLY kept them?” Because Jesus knew he “idolized money” hence he was very rich and valued it more than keeping His Commandments. So he really wasn’t and therefore Jesus called his bluff. The whole point is that if one wants to keep them then SHOW it by your actions don’t just say it. Jesus saw right through him.
    It really is difficult to understand how you don’t understand Jesus plain simple, direct words—“Whoever breaks the least of the Commandments and teaches others to do so ( are you telling(teaching others) it’s ok to break them?) shall be called least in heaven, BUT whoever keeps them and teaches others to do so shall be called great in heaven”
    My prayer has and will continue to be that you dwell on these words for they are ture and spoken SO plainly and directly to His people.
    The Parisees and Sadducees were NOT keeping them as evidenced by their lack of love, as Jesus correctly pointed out. For example they made the temple courts into a den of thieves, they valued money for certain prayers or favores, etc, etc. So don’t even think they were KEEPING His Laws. I love ya bro, and all I say is to help you see that (John 14:21) is so true “he that has my Commandments and keeps them, he it is that loves me and shall be loved by the Father , and I will love him, and will reveal Myself to him” Oh man that is so true! I can tesify that since I have kept them (But occasionally I slip) He has defintiely “revealed” Himself to me. The pieces of puzzle have clearly come together. Amen.

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