THE VIRAL MINDSET

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“For the love of Christ compels us, since we have reached this conclusion, that one died for all, and therefore all died.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭CSB‬‬

The message of the gospel is such that anyone who hears and believes it is saved, reconciled to God and translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. This is such great news that it should be the topic on the lips of all men. However, it is not so.

Our mission, as believers, is to change this narrative. If we want the gospel to influence all spheres of culture, we must be the agents of change.

To effectively do this, we must see the urgency of the gospel, and learn not to evaluate people from a human point of view.

We already know the verdict: “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.” – ‭‭John‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

No matter how good, influential, rich, poor or powerful a person is, without Christ, they are condemned. If we will gain many for Christ, we must always have this at the back of our minds.

This urgency should also drive us to be prepared. As we pray for the spread of the gospel, opportunities would come for us to tell people of the truth that sets men free. Without preparation, we cannot take advantage of these opportunities.

We see in multiple cases in Scripture where people gave impromptu teachings (Acts 2,7, and 8). We may admire the ability of Jesus and the early Church to draw teachings from miracles, unrelated questions and everyday items. Yet, they didn’t obtain this by impartation. Scripture tells us the early church devoted themselves daily to the teaching of the apostles (Acts 2:42).

If we want to see the results they had, we must do what they did. We must give ourselves to daily study of the word in preparation.

Finally, to be a viral church, we must study our environment. We cannot influence a culture we don’t understand. Nothing goes viral without getting the attention of the surrounding culture.

Let us have the mind of Paul, who said:

“To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law — though I myself am not under the law  — to win those under the law.

To those who are without the law, like one without the law — though I am not without God’s law but under the law of Christ — to win those without the law.

To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some. Now I do all this because of the gospel, so that I may share in the blessings.” -‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭9:20-23‬ ‭CSB‬‬

TO DO: Maintain a sense of urgency by giving yourself to teachings that remind you of the necessity of the gospel.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 22:63-71, Hebrews 8:1-6, Proverbs 24:23-34, Isaiah 34-36

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