Today’s Scripture: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4
What a privilege it is for God to give us this great and awesome responsibility. He could have written the good news in the sky, had the angels present it personally, or given it to the lost in dreams and visions. But instead, He chose us to be put in trust with the gospel (1 Thessalonians 2:4). This is why we are still here. God could have decided to take us to Heaven the moment we got saved, but He has an important task for us. While it’s important to be a good parent, a good employee, a good husband or wife, it is more important that we are good soul-winners.
The truth that the fate of every person hangs in the balance should affect every part of our lives. The first part of 2 Corinthians 5:11 declares, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…”
Think for a moment about Hell. Jesus told the true story of the rich man begging for a drop of water to cool his tongue as he was tormented in flames (Luke 16:24). When we think about the eternity of the fire of Hell, we should be really motivated to share the message of salvation.
We should also be motivated by the fact that Jesus will reward those who share the gospel. In Revelation 22:12, we are told, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”
What a joy it will be to be rewarded for obeying Jesus’ command to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. The joy will not be in the reward per se, but in the knowledge that we did what He asked us to do out of love for what He did for us. The greatest motivation for evangelism must be our love for Christ.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.