How many times have you asked God what your purpose is? If you’re like me, that’s a question that comes up a lot in prayer. I want to know what God’s plan is and I can be very impatient at times, so I want to know now. God doesn’t always see fit to tell us right away. Maybe you know a bit about your purpose—where you’re calling is or what you’re passionate about. Or maybe God has given you a gift and you’ve chosen to use it and you know how you want to use it. You could even have a gift but not know what to use it for, or think that maybe God can’t and won’t use it.
Last week, we talked about not burying your talent in the ground. This week, we’re going to shift the paradigm a bit.
No matter what your gifts are, or where God has called you, or even if He has called you yet, there is one purpose for which He has called us all, one reason why we are here on earth, one goal He wants us all to achieve…
The Great Commission.
We aren’t meant to have and experience God’s wonderful love and salvation and just keep it to ourselves. That’s like knowing the cure for cancer, but not telling anyone about it. No! We have to tell people about Jesus Christ, His salvation, and share the Gospel with them.
These days, there is so much division in the world and even within the Church itself. The least little thing anyone said can be taken offensively and it’s getting harder to express how you really feel without getting berated and in trouble for it. That, my friends, is exactly the reason why we MUST be bold now more than ever.
The majority of Jesus’ disciples, later known as the apostles, died for their faith. Christianity was so hated and despised that it didn’t just offend people—it made them want to kill any Christian who expressed their belief or tried to tell others about it.
Yes, people may hate you. They may comment something mean on your social media post. They may not like your posts anymore, or stop being your friend, or whisper behind your back. They may even reject what you’re saying. But for those of us blessed to live in a place where we still have religious freedom, we cannot take that for granted any longer.
Right now, in America, we can tell others about Jesus and spread the Gospel without getting killed for it. I’m not sure how much longer that’s going to last and yes, you might be criticized and hated for it, but it isn’t risking your life. If it was, could you do it then?
If someone goes to Hell that you knew and they’re there because you didn’t say anything to them… Their lack of salvation is your fault. The Bible says that we’ll be held accountable for every person we didn’t share the Gospel with, if they end up in Hell. It makes me wonder, how many faces do I pass by every day and not say something? How many of those people will be in Hell someday, because I was too afraid to speak up?
What about that kind man or woman who checked out my items at the store? Or the waiter or waitress serving me food? What about your coworkers? Or even your friends or family?
How many of them will be in Hell for eternity because you and I were afraid of rejection, afraid of offending them. How offended do you think they’re going to be in the fires of Hell?
Now, if you tell them the Gospel and they reject it, the Bible says, the responsibility is back on them. It’s not your place or my place to force them to believe—only to share the Gospel with them. Once we do that, it’s out of our hands and then, it between that person and God and only He can move their heart.
When are you going to stop being afraid of offending people? When are you going to speak out, to do the task God has set you to do, and share the Gospel with the world around you?