There can be many obstacles in our society that diminish our ability to openly share the gospel. At the same time, our generation has arguably the most tools and resources to share the gospel, globally, than any before us. We can speak, declare and ‘tweet’ the good news from our bedrooms, even from the comfort of our bed! Despite this, it seems we are timid about declaring the name of God boldly and publicly. Many of us do not evangelise as we ought. Is it because we have forgotten about the life-changing impact the gospel had on our lives or do we no longer believe in the power of God?
The power of God to transform lives
We will have heard testimonies about what God has done in the lives of others. Perhaps we have our own testimonies of how God has shown up for us. Whether we believe or acknowledge our testimony, we have one. Our life has been transformed by God through the gospel – this is our testimony. The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ, that He came, He died, He rose again, and is coming back (Read more about the Gospel here https://onmission.uk/what-is-the-gospel/).
Thus, for this reason, we call ourselves Christians and this is what we can share with our friends, colleagues and even strangers on the street. The thought of evangelism may seem daunting; however, it is simply expressing the good news. And a great way to do this is by sharing how the good news of Jesus Christ changed us.
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 GreekRomans 1:16
The gospel is the power of God that radically reshapes us into a new creation. It should be impossible to keep quiet about such a life-changing event. Unfortunately, many of us do keep silent and as we remain in the faith, we easily go about our lives without telling anyone about Christ.
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We become complacent with calling ourselves ‘Christians” without truly living or behaving in a way that represents our belief in the resurrection power of Christ. Having “the appearance of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:5). The bible advises us to avoid such people and we do not want to be people to be avoided. Are we ashamed of the gospel? We should not be ashamed.
The power in us
Ultimately, we should walk boldly and confidently with this knowledge because God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). We have the power of God in us. We received this power when we received the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). This is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead and dwells inside of us (Rom. 8:11).
The same power that:
- Altered the life of Paul after he was persecuting Christ’s followers (Acts 9)
- Healed the woman with the issue of blood (Matt. 9:20-22)
- Redeemed the Samaritan woman (John 4:1-26)
- Gave blind Bartimaeus his sight (Mark 10:46-52)
- Multiplied 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to feed thousands (Luke 9:10-17)
- Raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:38-44)
We serve a truly powerful God, who we can trust to do “far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,” (Ephesians 3:20). There is nothing the power of God cannot do. Think about your life and how God’s power is working.
Dare I say, it is almost selfish to keep the knowledge of this type of power to ourselves when there are millions of people in need of the saving grace of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.