By Mike Bickley, Lead Pastor at Olathe Bible Church, Olathe, Kansas
Lord, thank you for the life-changing power of your Word. Help me to obey your Word, so that my ways may please you and lead others to you.
But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed? And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed?
The gospel is not just a way to live, it is a message. It is truth that needs to be spoken and shared. It is concepts and principles grounded in the historical work of Jesus Christ. Without the message, our actions can be misconstrued as “do good” moralism.
People need to know the message of the gospel. We were lost and sinful and unable to please God. We could not earn God’s favor or make our way to him. So God sent Jesus to earth. He came to us, not only to give us an example to follow, but to offer a sacrifice for sin. Jesus was that sacrifice. He died on a cross for our sins, in our place. And then he did the amazing – he rose from the dead! He proved his power over sin and its bondage. He proved that he can give us new life. And by trusting in what he has done, by believing he did it for us, we can be saved, set free from the bondage of our sins.
It is not enough to “live” the gospel. It must be spoken. It must be shared. And when we share the message, God does the unimaginable. God takes the simple proclamation of who Jesus is and what Jesus has done and transforms hearts and souls by faith.
For people to believe, the message must be shared.
Ask God to help you be bold in spreading the gospel. If you do not feel confident sharing the gospel, ask your pastor or small group leader to help you practice and learn how to simply share the hope of Jesus.
Father, I confess that my fear of rejection often stifles my desire to share the gospel. Help me to be bold. I am not confident in myself. I am confident in you and your message. So help me to use those moments to share the gospel and plant seeds, water saplings, and even harvest when ready!