So far in our study, we’ve talked about the need to share the gospel, the need to prepare, the need to go and meet people where they are, and the opposition you may face as you try to bring the good news to a lost world. This week we’re going to focus on some of the blessings of sharing the good news. We’ll start by considering the fact that souls are saved.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (Joh 3:36)
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (Joh 3:14-16)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Rom 10:13-15)
And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. (Jud 1:22-23)
The greatness of an act is related to the danger from which that act rescues people. (Think of a fireman braving the flames to rescue a child from a burning building.) Having the courage to face danger in order to save others is the essence of heroism.
No one is in greater danger than losts sinners. Our Bible reading makes it clear that they are in danger of perishing – of being separated from God forever in a place of torment. According to John 3:36, every person in the world is in one of two classes. First, there are those who believe on God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and have everlasting life. Then there are those who do not believe, and abide under God’s wrath. Unless something is done to correct the situation, they will die under the wrath of God and be separated from Him forever. The danger is real and every person will face it apart from Christ. Each one also has a limited number of days on this Earth in which they must receive Christ or perish without hope. So our mission is critical and the clock is winding down for everyone.
You Have the Lifeline
God gave His Son so that we would not perish, but have everlasting life. God has made a way of escape, but He has made His people responsible for offering that lifeline. We are the ones who must have compassion so we can make a difference in the lives of the lost.
When you share the good news and someone responds by trusting Christ as their Savior, you’ve done something heroic. You’ve worked with God to rescue a soul from being lost forever. That soul will never know the hopelessness and torment of Hell. They will experience eternity with God. Their life will be changed. You will have done something that matters forever.
What About Your?
- Do you believe the lost people around you are in danger?
- Are you making heroic efforts to work with God for their rescue?