“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
In Philippians 1:7, Paul mentioned how the church at Phillipi were partakers with him of the grace of God. The word “partaker” in this verse of scripture means “participant” in the Greek. In business parlance, it means a shareholder.
Every believer has a stake in the gospel. We have a personal mandate to see all men come to the knowledge of Christ. For this reason we were created. (Ephesians 2:10)
As discerned from Romans 1:16-17, Paul recognized that there’s a tendency for one to be ashamed of the gospel. Hence, he admonishes believers not to be.
Since the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, we must not be ashamed to participate in its propagation. As a believer, settle it in your heart that you will not be liked by everyone.
If you really believe in the gospel, it shouldn’t matter what others think. You have converted people for much less. You have the vaccine for a dying world. Will you withhold it from those who need it because of naysayers?
We must be overwhelmed with passion for the gospel. 2 Corinthians 5:14 uses the word “constrain”, which means “under compulsion”, to explain our approach to the gospel.
Some of us don’t like our jobs, yet we choose to stay put because of the income it generates. This means we are willing to undergo some level of pressure if the price is right.
The million dollar question is “What is the price of a soul?” The parable of the lost coin answers this question thoroughly.(Luke 15:8-10). The passion with which we evangelize shows the worth or price we place on souls.
The Apostles placed a high price on souls so much that they were willing to pay the price with their lives. Because of them, the gospel has reached us today. Therefore, we cannot be found wanting in its propagation. We have work to do.
Finally, God’s heartbeat is soul winning. We may have a lot of reasons but we have no excuse for not preaching the gospel.