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I Corinthians 4:4 ” My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.”

Paul is admitting here that even the lack of self-awareness of any negligence on his part doesn’t prove his faithfulness and obedience to God…for only God can judge.  As Believers we are all held accountable to…responsible for…and entrusted with the Gospel Message.  To paraphrase II Corinthians 10:18,  We can’t just hear the Word to be in right standing with God…we must obey it.  And in the end, we will all stand before the Judgment Seat of our Lord.

I Corinthians 15:3 ” For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…”

That life-changing encounter with Jesus was the start of your journey as a Believer.  You marveled at the grace, mercy, and loving kindness that was extended to you… a sinner that only deserved death.  You became a recipient of the greatest gift ever…the free gift of eternal life.  But for many of us we stop there, never sharing this Good News with others.  We instead hold tightly to this gift refusing to share…desiring to just keep it to ourselves.  But Paul tells us in this verse that first we are a receiver, but then we become a messenger… an ambassador for Christ, telling others about Him.  Paul goes on in I Corinthians 11:2, ” I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you.”   How can we keep such wonderful, life-changing news to ourselves? The Lord wants us to pass it on to others.  So today, tell someone how Jesus is working in your life.

I Corinthians 1:17 ” For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”

Most Believers have a tough time sharing with others the Good News of Jesus.  We think we need a memorized  speech…or a fancy, persuasive dialog before we even attempt to talk to others.  Or in our fleshly wisdom,  we think we must first somehow  “have it all together” ourselves  before we even consider sharing the Gospel message.  But the Good News of Jesus Christ really has nothing to do about our communication skills and more about showing God’s love to others.  Simple words of encouragement, and sharing about our own struggles go a long way to prompt others to feel comfortable and ask questions.  So remember, it’s not about the messenger, but the Message…and it’s not about the communication, but the Cross.

II Corinthians 4:4 ” The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God.”

The god of this age, Satan, has fogged over the minds of unbelievers…dulling their perception of God and causing them to be indifferent and apathetic.  In I Corinthians 1:18,  Paul  says that the message of the Cross sounds like foolishness to the unbeliever…something so ridiculous and stupid as not to be believed.  It’s only when the light of the Gospel breaks through this fog, dawning upon the minds of unbelievers that they can see clearly the uncertain path before them.  The Gospel message is called the Good News for a reason…it’s not only  proclaiming the Kingdom of God and salvation through Christ, but it’s the truth piercing through the fog, illuminating our wretchedness,  but also offering  forgiveness, peace, and hope.

II Timothy 4:2 ” I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.”

The term season in this Scripture doesn’t refer to a period of time …it refers rather to us.  We need to be ready to share the Gospel with others whether we feel like it or not.  If we only reached out to others with the Good News of Jesus when we felt ready and confident…we’ll probably not do it very often.  And if we wait for some giant spark of inspiration or emotion to come upon us first…we’ll probably wait a long time, and meanwhile, miss many opportunities .   One of my fondest memories of leading an elderly neighbor to the Lord was also during one of the lowest points of my life.  Grief, sadness, and depression hung over me like a dark cloud when the Lord told me to go speak to this man.  “Lord,” I asked. “I can hardly function as a human being, how can I possibly go and talk to this man about Jesus?”  But I obeyed,  and this man accepted Jesus into his life…only to meet his Savior later that day in heaven.

I Chronicles 16:23 ” Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim His salvation day after day.”

When was the last time you actually thanked God for saving you?  When was the last time you expressed profound gratitude and appreciation  for delivering your soul from the guilt and punishment of sin?  If it’s been a while, then take the time right now to stop and thank Him.  But as important… when was the last time you told someone else about Jesus?   Isaiah 52:7 exclaims, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!”  Telling someone the Good News of Jesus isn’t hard if you can imagine it this way…you’re simply a beggar telling another beggar where they can get bread.

Colossians 1:6 ” All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.”

The Good News of Jesus is for everyone.  It needs to be scattered lavishly and with abandon across the face of the earth.  It needs to flow freely and without hindrance from the four walls of every Church… out to the hurting and lost world.  So why doesn’t it?  Why are we hoarding this treasure,  just allowing it to circle around and around the confines of  our Church rather than setting it free?  Jesus Christ did not tell us to keep the Gospel Message to ourselves…storing it away deep inside, letting no one else hear it.  No, quite the opposite, for in Mark 16:15  Jesus says, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”  The Good News of Jesus is too wonderful…too powerful…too prolific to just squander away.