What Is It Worth To Share The Gospel?

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   3/5/2013

Screams of horror and pain resound in the dark basement behind solid iron bars. The feeling of desperation lingers in the air while rage and fury come from the mouths of guards with stone fists and penetrating weapons held against a man’s flesh.  

Threats are booming from the guards’ mouths while quiet prayers lift from this tortured man’s spirit to the Lord he serves and has given his life to. He doesn’t question where his God is, but instead, he sends prayers of worship and requests strength to stand strong in his faith. 

The man is given a choice — one that will result in a life change one way or another. He can either choose to renounce his faith in Jesus Christ . . . or he can face an unbearable death, leaving his family without a faithful husband and a beloved father.  

It sounds like an impossible choice to many. But to this man, and many others like him serving as missionaries in hostile countries, the answer was simple.  

Death.  

When it came to choosing his Savior or a life on earth, death was the discernable answer.  

What would our response be in this situation? It is easy for us to worship the Lord inside our church walls that some use as a mask from the world. We can easily respond to a compelling sermon. But what is our response when we step over the barrier from our protected view in the church into the world before us?

A world that is lost. A world that is suffering. A world that is bitter and full of anger. A world that is separated from its Creator . . . its Savior who surrendered everything for the sake of their salvation.  

The apostle Paul was another man who was willing to surrender everything for the sake of Christ — even his life. He was a servant unto the Lord, willing to go wherever He led and do the work God called him to do. Jesus also came to be a servant . . . a servant with the sole purpose of serving humanity to the point of a brutal and merciless death on a cross.  

2 Corinthians 8:9 – “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” 

Jesus did this for the purpose of providing a way for us to “become rich” through relationship with God and eternity spent with our Creator. Because He was the ultimate example of a servant, there is nothing that can separate us from His love.  

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  

This is why Jesus came as a servant unto the Father and before the world . . . so we wouldn’t have to live our lives separated from God. He sacrificed himself in the most brutal way possible so we may have life.  

But what are we willing to lose for the sake of Christ? Would we have the same response as the man in the opening story — the one who gave up his own life for his faith in God?  

Not all of us will face the same severe circumstances where our faith will be put on the line determining life and death. But we do face choices on a daily basis where we can choose to serve and honor our Savior. It may be by simply making a decision to serve the Lord in a way that is outside of our comfort zone. Or perhaps, we will find ourselves in a situation where we have to choose to live out our faith even if our friends or families ridicule us.

But the underlying question in our faith always remains whether we have reservations about serving God. Are we truly willing to fully surrender our lives to serve Him no matter the cost?

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