Published May 4, 2017 by Janice Millirons Hayman in Deacons Corner

Greetings in the Name of our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

One of the most discouraging aspects of sharing the Gospel is knowing that so many people will reject the message, and even at times reject the messenger…you.

At times, we might think that if we could just be a bit more like Jesus then everyone would accept this message because we would minister the way He wants us to minister. We would share the exact words they need to hear to make the decision for Christ.

Yet, let us remind you that even Jesus Himself was often “despised and rejected,” and in fact was rejected so much that He was crucified on a Cross! We know that ultimately it was the plan of God to provide a sinless sacrifice for sin, but still, the Bible tells us that Jesus came into the world to “seek and to save the lost.” His love extended to each and every person He came into contact with, including the two thieves who hung on crosses beside Him.

In other words, it’s up to us to share the Gospel and leave it in the hands of the Lord, plus we must remember each person has his own free will.

An unbeliever once ridiculed the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ by saying, “If Jesus Christ is able to save to the uttermost, why is it that there are so many unbelievers?” The Christian to whom he was speaking stopped a very dirty little boy who was passing by and turned to the unbeliever and said, “Can you blame soap and water for the filth of this boy?” It was available to all, but only those who accept it experience its regenerating power.

The Gospel is still available to all so it must be shared with all. Probably the most quoted scripture in the Bible tells us this in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

Friends, let’s do our part here on earth in sharing the Gospel so that eternity will be the home of everyone we meet.

Blessings in Christ,
The Deacon Ministry – Southside Baptist Church
Bob Lear
Tommy Gardner