If a farmer were to hoard grain in a time of famine or when others are in dire straits, people would naturally not only think badly of, but would probably talk about in less than glowing terms. If that same farmer chose to sell the grain for a fair and reasonable price, those same people would think better and bless he and his family. We can translate the grain into the gospel of Christ. Our Lord did not come to earth to save just you or just me. Of course, if you or I were the only one on the planet, He certainly would have – but what Christ did for the world was… well – for the world! We are not to have the attitude that we’ve found the way to salvation, so there’s no need to share the good news. We should be willing to share at every opportunity God gives us!
Why is it important for God’s children to share the joyful news of salvation with others? Because it’s part of God’s plan for us to take as many others with us to Heaven as we can. Friendship evangelism is the most effective way to help others hear the good news of Christ. His life, His death, and His resurrection. The Roman Road is a road we should travel several times in our lifetime. It not only teaches a new child of God, but it reminds His older children of where they are and where they came from. It’s a humbling exercise to be sure. We have so much to thank God for, don’t we?
So what’s in it for God’s children? It’s all a part of not only our growth, but a command we’ve been given from the Lord Himself:
I’m not a soul saver – that’s God’s job through Christ’s sacrifice. No, I can’t save anyone, but I can share my testimony and show others how they too can be saved. We sow seeds – sort of like Johnny Appleseed, I guess.
These men enriched themselves by the starvation of their neighbors. That was back in Solomon’s day. Today, of course, we have laws to protect from such things, but this can still apply on a spiritual level. None of us should be just scooping up all the blessings of God and not giving anything back. That doesn’t please God, does it? We most certainly should go and teach, preach, baptize, and make disciples. God’s Word in action is a bread we can break with the spiritually starved lost. Let’s review the points of Spurgeon’s sermon:
Let’s make God’s Word available to all people everywhere, in a language that they understand.
Let’s keep the Gideon Bibles in hotels and motels, and in all places we possibly can. I’ve heard countless stories of how people read the Bible just in time before going through with suicide. It’s important that the Christian Bible be available to all.
Preaching should be understood clearly. Talking over people’s heads is a waste of everyone’s time. May we speak and write for the average person.
Let’s give importance to answering God’s call on our lives. In our day, there are so many distractions. Never in history have there been so many distractions in our lives – most of them to amuse ourselves in the form of entertainment.
Christ crucified must be the sum total of any sermon or lesson in Sunday School. His blood sacrifice is the fundamental truth we need to teach and preach (and write blog posts).
May there not be a lack of love in our ministry and in our witness. Love is the greatest of all. Preachers, teachers and blog writers will be held accountable if any of their listeners or readers should perish. Cover all you do with much prayer, and pray for those you want to reach.
Labor passionately for the spread of the gospel to all men. Support missions at home and abroad.
Watch for an opportunity to express kindness and love to someone else every day. Don’t be thoughtless or too wrapped up in yourself to pray for others.
Help those who speak up for Christ. Consecrate your money for those who minister at home and abroad. As we give to missions, God gives to us.
God rewards those who do His work with an easy conscience. He gives them peace of mind and heart. When we place jewels in His crown and palm branches in His path, that is the ultimate reward for doing His bidding.
He who dares to run the risk is not only unwise, but goes against God’s way. Will you share the gospel with your neighbors, or hoard it?
Jesus went about doing good. Do we have the right to think we can do less? Don’t withhold grain from your neighbor. Let’s all live in peace till God takes us home. 🙂