[Rom 1:14-18 NASB] 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it [the] righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS [man] SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
We are obligated to preach the Gospel.
Bills. Collection notices. Taxes. These do not give us that warm fuzzy feeling of happiness. Why? These are obligations. We do not like them because they impose themselves on our lives. They require money and effort from our already stretched budget and time. Not to mention the fact they are not much fun.
The Apostle Paul saw himself as a “debtor” to preach the Gospel. Other translates use the word “obligated.” I would have expected him to say that the person he was indebted to was Jesus. I am surprised that he used this term to say that he was obligated to people (Greeks, barbarians, wise, foolish). Sure, the ultimate obligation was to Jesus Christ. In Matthew 28:18-20 and again in Mark 16:15-18 we see our Lord Jesus Christ commissioned us to preach the Gospel.
The point is that Paul saw that the debt to God caused him an obligation to people. It was not an option. Repeat: preaching the Gospel to people was not an option; it was (is) an obligation.
Is preaching the Gospel an option or obligation to you? The answer to that question will determine your actions. It also reveals why you act or do not act. Christians who believe preaching the Gospel (aka witnessing) is an option, usually, do not. Christians who believe witnessing is an obligation, do it.
Let me help you. As a Christian, we are obligated to Jesus. He is after all your Lord, right? He commands us to preach the Gospel to people. Therefore, we preach the Gospel to people. Simple.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you change your thinking about preaching the Gospel (witnessing). It is part of the answer to what does “taking up your cross daily” (Lk 9:23) mean. He will give you a new heart toward this essential obligation.
We are eager to preach the Gospel.
We love caring for our children. Caring for your children is an obligation. It is also something we are eager to do.
Paul was not only “obligated” (v14); he was “eager” (v15). He loves God, and he loves people. He loves them enough to share the Gospel to them. What was behind his change from being “obligated” to being “eager”?
I think we see the answer in verses 17-18. The Gospel reveals two things the people need to know. First, it shows the “righteousness of God from faith to faith . . .” Secondly, it reveals the “wrath of God” that comes to all men as a result of “ungodliness and unrighteousness.” These are the two most important revelations a person needs in their life. Paul later goes on to tell the Roman church to focus their attention on the “kindness and severity of God.” (Rom 11:22 NASB)
This world needs to know these two truths now. The neighbor. The co-worker. The person at Walmart. Everyone needs to know these truths. Paul had these two truths burned hot in his heart. He wanted them to receive the righteousness of God. He wanted them to avoid the wrath of God.
General William Booth of the Salvation Army said he wished every one of his soldiers could spend five minutes in hell, for they would then come back with a greater burden for those around them. Everyone person you meet is either under the righteousness of God or the wrath of God. Does that make you eager to preach to them? Please allow these two truths to light a fire in your heart to share the Gospel with people around you.
We release the power of God when we preach the Gospel.
Have you heard about the Keto diet? Oh, let me tell about the effectiveness of these essential oils; lavender is my fav. And nothing beats Sea Foam for your vehicle.
People are trying to be helpful when they share these types of things. Ok, sometimes they are selling something. I have no problem with people making money by selling a product as long as it works.
Here is a problem. Why are we Christians more prone to preach the life-changing virtues of Keto, essential oils, Sea Foam, and Amway (or whatever it called now), but are mum in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Maybe we do not believe the Gospel works? Maybe we believe that our new diet, product, lifestyle change or whatever is more powerful to change a life than the Gospel. Maybe the Gospel is a powerless social message that is unable to really affect someone for the better.
What is your answer to those “maybe” statements mentioned above?
Paul believed the Gospel had the power to bring salvation (wholeness from God). He believed the Gospel was the man in his vision was asking for when he begged for “help.” (Acts 16:9-10) So he brought help, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Do you believe the Gospel will help people? If so, why not tell people about the Gospel? This world needs help. The help they need is not found in politics, programs, or personalities. It is located in the Gospel.
We need to believe that eternity matters. We need to believe that humans are under the wrath of God because of Adam’s sin. We need to believe that Jesus Christ came, died and rose again. We need to believe that when a person surrenders their life to Jesus Christ, they can be saved, healed and delivered. We need to believe the Gospel still works.
We are to go to all the world and preach the Gospel.
This will work for everyone. Have you ever seen something that says one size fits all only to find that it did not fit? What about reading a label that is honest enough to admit that only some people will be benefited?
Paul said in verse 16 that this Gospel works for everyone who believes. Everyone. Like for everyone. Really. I am not kidding.
What is the point to the above paragraph? The Gospel is for everyone. Here are some scriptures that help us see this inclusivity of the Gospel.
- [1Ti 2:4 NASB] 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
- [Act 2:17 NASB] 17 ‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS;
We need to know that God has called us to this world. Everyone in the world needs the Gospel. The Gospel will work for everyone.
I have tools that will help. Click this link. Near the bottom of the page, there are evangelistic tools that can be downloaded.
My prayer for you: “Father, I pray for my friends that You will help them change their thinking about sharing their faith in the world around them. Put love in their hearts that they will help others to come out of the place of wrath and into the place of righteousness that is found in Jesus Christ. Help them to see that the Gospel has changed their lives and will help bring change to other peoples lives. Give them the heart to see everyone as the people to whom they are called to bring the Gospel to.”
Your Confession: “In the name of Jesus Christ, I am willing and eager to preach the Gospel to those around me. By the power of the Holy Spirit, as I share the Gospel, it will bring change in people lives. I walk in boldness and love in my witness to this world. I will not shrink back. ”
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