Before any controversies start to arise, let me be clear that only Jesus saves. “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven by which men must be saved” Acts 4:12. We can only share with others, this powerful and joyful message of salvation, empowering them with a knowledge that brings salvation. That is what today’s topic is about.
A friend and mentor of mine always says “we are saved to save others” and I couldn’t agree less. Last week, we discussed the new creature reality, that is, what it means to be born again. We have not been given this new reality only to choose to be selfish about sharing it. The Scripture makes us understand that we have been entrusted with the responsibility of sharing it even to the far ends of the world. (Matthew 28:16-20)
The idea that some believers have that the sharing of the gospel is only for pastors or people who hold offices in the church, is wrong. We should all share the gospel. When man fell for Satan’s deception, it cost us not just our dominion on earth but also our relationship with God. We became enemies to God because sin separated us. Nevertheless, God in His infinite mercy and immeasurable love sent His Son Jesus Christ to restore our dominion and reconcile us to Himself. God reconciled us to Himself through Jesus that we might also continue in that ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
Witnessing to others is not an easy task, that I can tell you. I also had cold feet upon starting this blog. However, we can learn to trust God. He never sends us on missions without empowering us for it. Peter, from the knowledge we gain from the bible, was a very shy and timid person. After Jesus’ ascension, he (along with other disciples) had been saddled with the responsibility of preaching the gospel. It was a seemingly impossible task but God empowered him with the Holy Spirit that very day, over 3000 people accepted Jesus as their Savior. (Acts chapter 2)
Though actual evangelism is very important (Mark 16:15), we cannot preach what we do not live. Day in, day out, our lives must reveal Christ. As believers, we have been called to such a ministry, a ministry where our very lifestyle tells people about Jesus. Even through the most absurd things, we are called to point people to Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 helps us understand that we sometimes go through some challenges and receive comfort from the God of all comfort that we might as well be able to comfort others. Every stage of our lives is a message that if preached, can get people saved.
Christianity has never been a “to-myself religion”. It has never been about selfishness. Christianity is about love and sharing. All the things we are called to do, Jesus has already led by example by doing the same! We cannot put on our light and hide it under a bushel or table, we must let others see the light that they may glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16). Everything we are called to do is so that another may be saved. We were saved to point others to the Way to salvation; Jesus Christ.
If you are reading this and you are willing to join the family of Christ and you believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus you may say this prayer: “Lord, I admit that I have sinned and have shown no regard to you in time past, but today I receive your forgiveness and accept your salvation made available to me on the cross, I receive today, Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior”. Amen.