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Matthew 28: 18-19 ” Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘ All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…’ “

This week our Bible Study Group wrestled with this verse…The Great Commission, and with Evangelism.  While we all agreed that Christians everywhere are called to share the Good News of the Gospel with others…we also readily acknowledged the intimidation it can bring.  So why are so many of us uncomfortable to evangelize?  Let’s look at it from a completely different perspective…so forget yourself and your hangups, and think of it from the other person’s view.  Imagine you are a beggar telling another starving beggar where they can go and find bread…you wouldn’t have a problem with that, right?    You’d be happy to share that information so they might eat and live.  And that fellow beggar would be appreciative of your actions simply because you hadn’t hoarded or hidden the source from him.  Telling others about Jesus should be just as easy.  For we should be eager to share good news.

I Corinthians 9:22 ” I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”

The content of the Gospel Message…the Good News of Jesus doesn’t change.  What does change when you share it with others is the context and circumstances surrounding it.  When people see you going through difficult times with grace and peace…they’ll be very curious.  They’ll be watching you and wondering where you get your strength and hope.  It’s then that you can share the Gospel Message through your personal struggle… which can only have an tremendously powerful impact on the listener.

Ephesians 2:6-7 ” And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

God didn’t have to do it.  He didn’t have to send His one and only Son to suffer unspeakable torture and death on a cross.  But God did.  Titus 3:4-5 tells us, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”  It is only because of God’s immeasurable grace and mercy…and His incomprehensible benevolence towards us that we are able to call ourselves sons and daughters of the Most High King.    God didn’t have to do it…but He did.

Philippians 1:27 ” Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

Paul is thought to have written this letter to the Philippians during his first Roman imprisonment.  He wanted them to be encouraged whether they ever saw him again or not.  Paul especially exhorted them to stand firm in one spirit…something that the modern-day Church should take heed of.  When there is infighting, discord, and division,  the Church cannot function as it should.  For when we are not standing firmly together in unity…contending for the Gospel as one…the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ is lost in the muck and mire and turmoil within the Church walls.  Paul reminds the Philippians, and us, to lead our lives in a manner deserving of the Gospel of Peace.

Jude 2 ” Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”

Do you realize just how much God loves you?  He’s not stingy or tight-fisted with His compassion towards you.  Nor does His unconditional love depend on how good you are any peculiar day …or how many “works” you have on your mental score-sheet.  God’s grace and  love towards you is generous, abundant, and more than enough to cover anything that happens to you today.

I Corinthians 14:33 ” For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”

Paul writes to the Church in Corinth about orderly worship.  He stresses to them that everything be done in a fitting and harmonious way. (I Corinthians 14:40)  When we see disunity within the Body, we know this is not of God…for He is the God of peace. (Romans 15:33)  As Believers, we need to be seeking balance and mutual agreement…not causing turmoil and commotion just to make a point.  Many a Church has faced divided factions only to self-destruct rather than build bridges of unity.   And Satan smiles every time a Church self-implodes rather than attempts to reconcile the Body.

Romans 12:18 ” If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

In this contentious and ever argumentative world, it’s difficult to seek peace in every situation.  But the key here is found in a verse in Hebrews 12:14, ” Make every effort to live in peace with all men and be holy.”  Being holy means we live in a spiritual atmosphere where grace and mercy abounds despite the hostile environment around us.  It’s where we  consider others before ourselves and strive to be a peacemaker not a rabble-rouser.