Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.
Matthew 16:24 HCSB
Today, we will consider the worth of the gospel to every believer.
First, we must understand that the gospel is worth more than any amount of money or material possessions to us. This is why we surrender our entirety to see that it grows all around the world.
Undoubtedly, the reward of a man who gives his all for the gospel is certain and eternal. In the text below, we see Jesus’ succint reply to a question many still ask in our day. ,
“Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” – Matthew 19:27,29
Hearing this, we should gladly lay all that we have aside for the sake of the gospel.
Folks, no earthly possession or achievement can actually equal the joy that comes from serving God and bringing many souls to the saving knowledge of Christ.
Therefore, we ought to place premium on what really counts for eternity. We should give our money, our resources and skills in the furtherance of the gospel.
Second, the message of Christ is also worthy of being preached in the best way possible. This includes accuracy in teaching and excellence in presentation.
See Paul’s admonishment to Timothy in this regard,
“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2:2 HCSB
Scripture records how Paul the Apostle diligently taught believers the truth of God’s word in all the cities he reached. (I Thessalonians 2:9)
“And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,” Acts 20:20
On several occasions, he also used illustrations from day-to-day events to drive home the point. He was a teacher per excellence!
Third, the gospel is worthy of all forms of trials and persecution.
Jesus, our flawless example gave Himself on the cross to bring salvation to mankind.
The Apostles also willingly gave themselves up to be beaten, bound and put in prison- all for the gospel. No trial or persecution was enough to dwindle their passion. (Acts 5:40-41, 20:24)
Friends, the message of Christ is worth living for and worth dying for. Give it your best, give it your all.