We Are Saved To Bring Others To Christ (2)
Rom. 10:1-2 says, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge”.
NO one who claims to be a Christian should feel comfortable because he is saved. He is expected to desire and pray that others should be saved, for our religious obligation is to ensure that others are saved. He should not rejoice because he is the only one going to heaven, while millions of other people are going to hell fire and among these people are his neighbours and friends. Such rejoicing is contrary to the will of God for it is not His will that any should perish. He does not desire it and His patience towards sinners proves that He is willing that they should be saved. That is why He commissioned us to go into the world and preach to all creatures that they might be saved. Anybody who claims to be a disciple of Jesus but ignores this injunction is a false disciple.
Mark 16:15 says, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
If you are born again, you are among those commissioned by Christ to go into the world and preach the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to all without limitation. You are to proclaim the good tidings of Christ crucified, died and rose from the dead to all so that they shall through Him be saved. The essence of the divine commission is that we believers should, through preaching the gospel, bring all to Christ.
1Co 9:16 says, “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel”
After he received the commission from Christ, Paul the Apostle told the Corinthians that necessity has been laid upon him to preach the gospel. He was no longer counting whether it was convenient for him to preach or not, what he knew was that he could no longer refrain from preaching. He concluded that his life would be miserable if he did not preach and his heart would pain him for God would frown at him.
The same degree of necessity is laid upon every believer to preach. It does not matter what your career is or what you have purposed for yourself in this life. As long as you are a believer, the calling of God must hem in your goings, and constrained you to become an ambassador of the Cross. You must feel wretched in any other profession even if such is surrounded by wealth, honours, pleasures, or fashion. If you are born again, your heart will be occupied with how to bring others to Christ. The circumstances of poverty, persecution, peril and sickness among others must not discourage you from ensuring that others are saved. A Christian whose heart is not in the ministry of preaching the gospel, and who would be happy when not preaching, is not fit to be an ambassador of Christ. Unless a believer’s heart is occupied with the urge to preach, he will find it difficult to convert a soul. A believer, who leaves preaching and devotes to other calling, when he should be preaching, never had the proper spirit of an ambassador of Christ. Ac 21:13 Then Paul answered, “What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Apostle Paul, determined to preach the gospel to the people in Jerusalem, told fellow disciples that no threat to his life would discourage him from his avowed resolution to preach the gospel also in Jerusalem so that they may be saved. Nothing shall hinder us from preaching the gospel for we are converted to bring others to Christ.
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