When I went to college for one year, I took a Christian Worldviews Class. Our professor showed us a Vlog by Penn Jillett, the famous talking guy from the Penn and Teller magic performance. Mr. Jillett is a professed atheist, but he is a very non-combative atheist. In this Vlog, he talks about how a young man walked up to him in an airport to evangelize to him. Mr. Jillett speaks with him and politely disagrees and goes on his way. In this Vlog, he states a very earth-shattering comment, “If you have the secret to eternal life and do not share it with everyone, you are condemning everyone around you to death.” This devotion is going to get very real and very pointed. I am sorry, but I am not going to pull any punches with this one because the cost of what we do is too high.
Our duty as Christians is to share the Gospel. No matter who we are or what we do, our job is to share the love of Christ with everyone around us. In 2 Corinthians 4:3-5, Paul states, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” Too often, we keep the Gospel to ourselves, to our Growth Communities, to our families, and to our church and do not allow the ones who are broken, who are literally dying a spiritual death, go without knowing the love of Christ. We are veiling ourselves off from the world because it is too broken, or we are too scared. I am not saying that we have to be a modern-day Billy Graham that leads thousands to salvation by preaching. I am not saying that you have to keep score of how many people you lead to Christ. I am just saying share it.
For too long, Christians have taken an apathetic view to share the Gospel with the broken world. At the time of writing this devotion, my Growth Community of Young Adult men are reading the book, “Something Needs to Change” by David Platt. In the book, Platt goes on to talk about an urgent spiritual need that he runs into as he watches this village burn one of their dead on a funeral pyre to release their spirit to the next life. He watches as the literal flames engulf the dead individual and now knows that the individual is going to be burning in Hell for eternity. Hell is real; Hell is not a joke. Hell is not some fable we tell kids to shape up, or you will go there. It is a real place where those who do not profess and acknowledge Christ as Lord of their life will end up.
One of the scariest and most overwhelming things to hear is that you or a loved one has cancer. It is a very scary time of uncertainty because there is no true cure to it. I have a few family members who either had or have Leukemia, and the looming thought that on any day it could come back is quite a scary thing. Yet, if you had the cure for all forms and types of cancer at any stage and yet you reserved to yourself, would you not be the most selfish and self-centered person on the planet? Millions of people in an instant could be cured of a terrible life-ending disease. Families could have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are safe.
Yet, we are so selfish about the Gospel. We keep it to ourselves and do not allow others to see its beauty and its perfection. We have the cure to eternal death and damnation, and yet we do not even share it with others. We sit and allow ourselves to be consumed by a consumeristic church structure where it only benefits the individual. We say things like Jesus is our “personal” Lord and Savior. I am sorry, but we are so wrong. Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He did not die for just you or me, he died for the sins of the world, and our job is to share that with others by serving others, by praying for others, and by loving others.
I love our church and the congregants that make up the body of it, but I am sorry that what I have to say may offend you, but if you do not share the Gospel with others, do you believe that it has the ability to transform lives? Do you truly believe that it is the cure for a life without a relationship to Him? There should be a burning desire to share the Gospel with others, to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Something needs to change in our walk with Christ. Something needs to take priority for us to truly grasp that it is our duty to proclaim the Gospel, “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”