1 Thessalonians 2:4 “But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.”
If what we have, has been received as a gift, and what we possess is to be made available to others, then all that this entails is to be cared for by God.
However, if we believe what we have gotten we gained ourselves, and what we have is not available to others, then we will not relinquish the care of what we possess into God’s divine purpose.
2 Corinthians 2:17 “For we are not like so many others, who peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as men sent from God.”
The gospel is not a man-centered doctrine, it was not devised by men, nor is the purpose of the gospel to glorify man….the gospel is God centered, it was devised by God, and it is meant to glorify Him.
The very center of all worship is to glorify Jesus. The creation was made in order to glorify Him, and it awaits His return to the purpose for which it was created. The ideal declaration is to represent the Creator according to His perfect purpose—we have been called to carry this message into His creation.
Whom has the Lord entrusted?
Luke 11:9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
This offer that Jesus has provided was and is a call to His people. Many have attributed this message to the Lord calling out to the unrighteous but in looking deeper at this moment illustrated by Luke, we see Him addressing His own.
Luke 11:11-13 “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Who will respond to the call?
To seek the Lord is to recognize His sovereignty, this is in direct relation to those who fear Him. It is good to fear the Lord, it is by fear we recognize HIs power and position as Judge and Ruler of all. If we neglect to see the Lord in the light of His position, we negligently go about our lives without a concern for the consequences.
If we neglect God’s power, we lose sight of the life that sustains His own and we will become vulnerable to the attacks of our enemy.
The Gospel = Power
“We must make a great difference between God’s Word and the word of man. A man’s word is a little sound, that flies into the air, and soon, vanishes; but the Word of God is greater than Heaven and Earth, yea, greater than death and Hell, for it forms part of the power of God, and endures everlastingly.”Martin Luther
To those who carry the message of the gospel, we must question our aim. What is our purpose and to whom is the message delivered? If we are seeking the approval of men, we have gained very little. If we seek to be found faithful with the honor entrusted to us, we have the very power of God supporting our every effort, every step, every word spoken, and each encounter is ordained by Him.
Galatians 1:10 “Am I now seeking the approval of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
In what manner is this power supplied?
When we walk in the power of God, we walk according to His Spirit. It is by His Spirit that the lost are called, it is by His Spirit in which His people speak truth, and it is that very Truth that resonates in the hearts of believers who seek the Lord with all their hearts.
To tap into God’s power supply is to daily seek after Him. The manner and method of drawing near was beautifully illustrated by Jesus when He walked in our shoes. He embraced righteousness and lived in holiness, it was through continual fellowship with the Father that He demonstrated the process of walking in power. We are called to live like Him, speak like Him, and love like Him.
1 Peter 4:11 “If anyone speaks, he should speak as one conveying the words of God. If anyone serves, he should serve with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”
What is the Gospel?
The gospel is more than a message, it is an illustration of the character of God. When we share the gospel, we share more than the Word of God, we express Christ to the world.
We must live differently than this world lives. Our interests must be above the mundane process of seeking after the riches this world gives. We cannot let the affairs of this world overshadow our greater purpose….to be light in the darkness.
Colossians 1:22 “But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy, unblemished, and blameless in His presence”
This is the reason why we strive to live by the moral law, to present ourselves blameless so that Christ can be expressed through us. When we live according to the nature of God, we live out our love for Him.
Colossians 1:23 “if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.”
- The law makes sin utterly sinful. (Rom. 7:13)
- Sinners know their state of sin by the revelation of the moral law. (Rom. 7:7)
- Jesus is the end of the law for righteousness to all who believe. (Rom. 10:4)
We have been given the greatest responsibility in history…to be Jesus to the world. If anything in you is present that diminishes this image, that should be counted as worthless.
Move on from the soap box of opinion if it interferes with the gospel. Move on from the health fad’s if it obstructs the message you have been entrusted with. Move past the politics if the image you present is a man or woman and not Jesus first.
We have a greater calling. Why accept anything less?