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Saturday, October 9, 2010

It’s An Obligation

On a Christian Chat thingy a bit ago someone asked, “How can I share the Gospel without being offensive?”

There were a couple responses from people who tried to help out but by far most people told this person not to do any sharing at all.

“It will be offensive no matter how you do it.”

“Religion is meant to be kept to yourself.”

These were a couple of the nicer things said.

Suppose you’re part of a research team working on the cure for cancer and lo and behold you get it. It’s your discovery. You’ve done the seeming impossible. In a life and death case like that, you have an obligation to tell others what you’ve found.

How much more so for the Christian? The Gospel is relevant to every person alive today and to every person who ever will live in the future.

I think a lot of people couldn’t answer, “What is the Gospel?” It’s this:

. God created us in a perfect relationship with Him

. We chose to break that relationship

. There is no way for us to fix it and without it being fixed we will spend eternity separated from our Creator in hell.

. Jesus provided a means for that relationship to be restored whereby we will be saved from hell and spend eternity in heaven with our Creator

. It’s up to us what to do with that offer of salvation.

For thirty days straight in September I described in a series called
“Because . . .” what a relationship with Jesus has done for me and what He will do for you as well. To be in an intimate, healed and forgiven relationship with Jesus is so good that I have an obligation to share it with the world.

Hearing the Gospel is the only means by which we can be made right with God.

I can’t NOT say anything. It’s my obligation.

I hope that I will always fear missing opportunities to tell people about Jesus much, much more than I will fear telling people about Jesus.

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