Last week, we talked about sharing the Gospel. Here’s a few reasons the Bible offers us for proclaiming the good news of Jesus.
- God wants to see the world healed and restored. There is nothing like the power of Jesus to restore a broken world and broken lives to what God originally intended (John 3:17).
- Jesus commands and commissions us. Jesus expects his followers to let people in on the meaning of his life, death, and resurrection. Before he ascended to heaven, Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19). When we share the gospel, we are obeying Jesus’ command and joining the Great Commission he entrusted to us Jn. 20:19-21.
- God desires a relationship with every human being and for all to hear. Jesus repeatedly told stories of God’s love for the lost: God is like a shepherd searching for one lost and vulnerable sheep. He is like a woman looking in every nook and cranny for a lost, valuable coin. He is like a father who celebrates when his lost and confused son returns home.
These parables illustrate God’s earnest and patient search for every person. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). Evangelism is joining God’s search to see everyone come to repentance and a relationship with him.
- Sharing the gospel is a powerful way to love people. We find inspiration to love others from God’s love for us. His sacrificial love was a free gift to you, and it’s a gift you’re intended to pass along (Matt.10:8).
2 Cor. 5:14, says, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” You can love people by introducing them to God’s love and compassion as demonstrated by Christ on the cross.
- The future of unbelievers matters deeply to God. Humankind desperately needs the salvation Jesus offers. John 3:18 says, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” As Christians, our awareness that family, friends, and strangers will otherwise be eternally separated from God motivates us to proclaim the hope of Christ.
- God is passionate about our personal growth. As we share the gospel, we grow as Christ’s disciples. Evangelism opens us up to the adventure of obeying God and collaborating with him in ways that strengthen our faith and transform our thinking. Jesus even promises we’re empowered for evangelism by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), and that he loves us enough to see to it “…every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:2).
- God is glorified. Salvation is something only God can provide and something for which only he deserves the glory. As Christ’s ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20), then, we are instruments by which God receives all the honor, thanks, and praise. It’s an honor to be part of the process.