“Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me. What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and to not make use of my rights in preaching it.” (1st Corinthians9:16–18)
Proclamation is not an achievement leading us to brag. It is a compulsion bringing its own reward. Two compelling reasons motivate us to proclaim the gospel: 1) people are lost without Christ and need to be saved; 2) we need to obey God. The gospel requires urgency of proclamation. Every person who is not saved is destined for eternal separation from God.
God desires all to be saved. God’s love and His Spirit live in the believer, compelling every believer to proclaim the gospel. The sense of urgency rested on Jesus. That same compulsion moved the hearts of he early believers. The compulsion to proclaim the gospel is rooted in the awareness that God has assigned us that task as believers.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Your infinite wisdom led You to give responsibility and compulsion to share the gospel to all believers. No one would purposely ignore another and allow them to be separated from Almighty God. Place those individuals who have not heard the message of the gospel in our pathways, and lead us to share with them, that which will allow them to also become believers. When the opportunity to share presents itself to us, let us feel the deep-seated compulsion to share the gospel with them. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Decisions can take you out of God’s will, but not out of His reach.”
“Jesus said to a man, ‘Follow me.’ But the man replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’” (Luke9:59-60)
Burial is the final way we show love, honor, and devotion to the deceased. It plays a significant role for the living. Jesus calls us to a more significant role—being His disciples. That takes priority over all else, even the final rites of love. Service to the living is of more importance than ministry to the dead.
“Proclamation, Compulsion:” (2nd Corinthians5:17–21)
This is an important lesson, beloved. If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is form God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ. He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Second Thought of the Day:
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew24:14)
Beloved, the significance of our familiarity of Scripture is underlined here. Persecution and pain occur for Jesus’ followers. Many will give up their beliefs under pressure of torture. False revelations from lying messengers will take place. Such events do not disprove the gospel. They confirm God’s revelation.
The gospel will go out to all the world before the end comes. God desires His people to engage in world evangelization, to declare the gospel to the masses will hasten the day when Jesus comes again. Is your foundation built on Scripture or on some feel good message on prosperity and good times? In short, would you be willing to die for Christ as He died for you? How about the other message???