How are you doing with mission #1?
God’s plan for spreading the message of the gospel is for His people to speak the message to others. In other words, it’s our responsibility and privilege to share the gospel with other people. Let’s have a moment of honesty here. We’re often not very good at sharing the gospel. But when we consider our responsibilities as God’s children, our number one mission is calling people to follow Jesus.
2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
Paul says that we carry the gospel treasure in jars of clay. What’s implied by this kind of jar? It’s breakable; it’s ordinary; it’s replaceable; it’s useful; it’s normal; it’s everyday. By nature, it’s fragile and relatively unimportant. If you carried a treasure around in a clay pot, would you ever be tempted to wonder whether the treasure or the pot was more important? God uses ordinary people to spread the gospel.
Why does God use ordinary people to spread the gospel?
The gospel is built around grassroots movements—ordinary people captured by the light of the gospel, carrying the treasure of the gospel around with them and spreading it like seed on a field. Some falls on good ground; some doesn’t. God uses ordinary people to remind us that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
You see, if we were awesome, people might get mixed up. They might start to think that we are the point … when we exist to point to someone greater—to point to the Creator of the universe, the Redeemer of sinful men. The eternal worship of the triune God is the point of the gospel! We exist to point to Him, to call people to worship Him! If the light is about us, if we’re the treasure, then people won’t clearly see the One whom life is truly about.
What are the implications for you as you share the gospel?
- If you’re bad at sharing the gospel, that’s ok. It’s not about you! (Do it anyway.)
- If you don’t share the gospel, you’re acting as though you’re the point.
- If you share the gospel well, that’s because God delights in using ordinary, humble people. You see, it’s still not about you; it’s about God.
- We should share the gospel everywhere we go. Because we carry the gospel in us, we should speak it to those around us.
How can you get better at sharing the gospel?
- Pray for God’s help.
- Get comfortable with the idea that it will be awkward. And that’s ok.
- Talk with someone else about your fear and awkwardness, and ask them to pray with you and encourage you.
- Talk about God as though He’s real. Talk about Jesus as you talk about the Super Bowl, your job, your favorite movie, your family. But talk about Jesus more. It’s not a special category that requires a switch into “spiritual” mode. It’s something that you can do everywhere you go.
- Get to the gospel. At some point, commit to sharing the gospel with your friend. What if they reject you? They probably will. Don’t be rude, but be persistent. This is a treasure worth sharing!
- Rejoice that you get to carry the gospel with you everywhere you go! If we don’t share the gospel because we’re scared or embarrassed, we’re acting as though we, the clay pots, are the point. Don’t forget about the treasure!