In Sunday School this morning, we talked about the power of the gospel. We talked about how too often we try to “dress up” the gospel to make it seem more “appealing.” The truth of the matter is that what Jesus did when he died on the cross and rose three days later speaks for itself. The truth of the matter is that the “wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The truth is that Jesus is the only way. God chooses to use his church to share his message of grace and salvation. He doesn’t need us to add to his story. He doesn’t need us to take away from what he’s done. I am guilty of doubting the power of the gospel. I often think it’s not enough… why would someone want to believe? It is not up to me to edit the story. It is up to me to share the story and trust in the power of God to change lives. Jesus made no excuses when he shared about God’s love. Paul made no exceptions or alterations when he preached the gospel.
The video above was shared today at church. What a rebuke for those of us (me included) who don’t feel a sense of urgency to share the good news of Jesus. Penn Jillete shares about how he received a Bible after one of his shows. The approach that the man took when giving him the Bible was really impactful. He says that he is all for “proselytizing.” Penn, an atheist comments that you must really hate a person if you are unwilling to share with them what you believe to be news of eternal importance. Christians in America are becoming more and more afraid to share the Gospel of Jesus for fear of rejection or being labeled “intolerant” or… well… there are countless reasons… but as Penn said in the video… If you saw a truck barreling down the road, about to hit someone, wouldn’t you do everything you could to get them out of the way!
I have read about the video, but thought I’d share it with you. You just never know what impact your life has on someone else’s. When I was in college, preparing to go on Summer Beach Project with Campus Outreach, I was talking to a friend about my fears of sharing the gospel with other people. He told me to just speak the name of Jesus and trust that God would take care of the rest.