“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is appealing through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’”
– 2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT
Welcome to the 32nd weekly devotional recap of the year. This week, we discussed what Jesus has done in salvation, our responsibility to tell it till the whole world sings along, and not give up while at it.
On Monday, we learnt about what Jesus did for us through His death, burial and resurrection. He paid the wages for our sins – death, set us free and made us His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). All our efforts could not cleanse us from sins, and neither could the sacrifices of animals. Jesus paid our debt fully, and by faith in Him, we are redeemed and have eternal life (Romans 6:23).
Tuesday’s devotional reminded us of our responsibility to tell others what Jesus has done. In Christ was the provision of salvation, but in us is the announcement. Jesus died for everyone, whether they have heard the gospel or not. It is now up to us to take this good news to them (Romans 10: 14-17). Therefore, we must be strategic and optimistic when sharing the gospel of Christ. As we share it, we must believe that a great harvest of souls is possible.
Furthermore, on Wednesday, we learnt that we must continue preaching the gospel until the whole world sings along. God wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). We must let love and a sense of urgency drive us to reach all men.
On Thursday, we were encouraged not to give up. We will face rejection, ridicule, persecution, and difficulties as we set out to evangelise to the world. Nevertheless, we are comforted knowing that as we go into the world to preach the gospel, the one who sent us is with us always.
The gospel is the power of God unto salvation, and when we prioritise preaching it and don’t give up on telling the world about Christ, more people come to the knowledge of God (Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 1:16).
Friday’s article reminded us that soul-winning is an endless pursuit for us as believers. We must not relent in winning souls, regardless of the obstacles, because we were once in darkness but now are saved (Ephesians 2: 1-3).
Our zeal for soul-winning must be discernible. It should be on our minds daily, and we should work tirelessly to see all men come to the knowledge of God, just as Jesus commanded in Mark 16: 15.
This is the bottom line, Jesus did the work and passed the baton to us. He committed the ministry of reconciliation to every one of us (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). We must each play our part by preaching the life-saving gospel of Christ. By doing so, all can come to enjoy the gift of salvation in Christ Jesus.
Have a lovely weekend.
Bible Reading Plan: Proverbs 10-12