Do you ever wonder if your witness for Christ makes a difference? When we trust the fact that salvation is of God…not of us…we have freedom to live a life that glorifies our Savior. As we are obedient to share the Gospel, the God of heaven does what only He can do! Here’s an example that will encourage us all:
"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" (Rom 1:16). Many years ago I was in New York City for a month of street evangelism. It was an incredibly discouraging time for me for two reasons: One, I didn't like standing on street corners handing out tracts like the rest of my team. Two, everyone on my team had led someone to the Lord, everyone except me. So on both counts, I felt like a total loser. On the very last day of the campaign, a man named Frank randomly walked up to me and told me he had just left his boyfriend in the hospital dying of AIDS. In his terrible brokenness, he was extraordinarily receptive to the gospel. After a very brief conversation (5-10 minutes), he accepted the Lord, walked away, and I never saw him again. There are may reasons to doubt the authenticity of his conversion: we had only spoken for a very brief time; he had been living a very anti-biblical lifestyle; I was not there to disciple him, etc. About five years later, a tourist found me in Eilat and wanted to pass me a message from Frank. "Please tell Seth that our conversation on the street corner changed my life. I have been going to a Bible church ever since, and I'm doing really well." Paul's statement about the gospel nearly 2000 years ago is just as true today as it was back then. Even though we may not be bold evangelists with eloquent words, our message is nothing less than the "power of God" for salvation! "And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified" (1 Cor 2:1-2).
In 2023, will you join me in recommitting to be about the Father’s business and share the Gospel each time He provides an opportunity? Together, we will not be ashamed of the Gospel, but will use it to rock the world for Jesus! Let’s do it!
Have a blessed 2023,,,and Happy Lord’s Day, my friends!