The greatest duty for all christians – Part 2
No nation should be excluded from the spread of the gospel because on the flimsy excuse that they are resistant to accept God’s offer of salvation.
They may presently be unreached but not unreachable. We are commanded to reach every city, village, local government and province with the saving gospel.
Our message must be persuasive and convincing. Those who listen to us should be able to tell from the tone of our voice, posture, declaration, eye contact and conviction that we really want them to be saved.
Christ has given this gospel as a predominant commission to the whole Church and every believer.
It is the supreme responsibility of the Church to evangelise the world. Therefore, we must reach the unreached, seek the unsought and snatch them from Satan.
We must preach to the godless, deliver them from death and hell, pray for them, plead with them, persuade them and prevail on them until they yield to the saving gospel, and preserve them for heaven.
This is the all-important work and ministry from Christ to dispersed members and dedicated ministers of the gospel. There is no other assignment as significant as this.
It is more important than gaining the whole world. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).
We must obey the Lord and rededicate our lives to preaching the Word, which Jesus, our Lord and Master has given to us. Obedience to this charge will result in the conversion of many people into God’s kingdom.
The confirmation believers get to reach out to souls comes through God the Holy Ghost. “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them”.
Although Paul and Barnabas had some duties and responsibilities they were previously engaged in, the Holy Ghost called them to a greater ministry. Hence, they had to give up certain things for the essential work of soul-winning.
Believers, who never hear the audible, distinct, convincing voice of the Holy Spirit, lack the convincing call of the Holy Ghost to do a specific task.
Before we go out to preach, we must pray for, and depend wholly on the leading of the Holy Ghost, because He only can give us the convincing, productive utterance we need to win the lost. He knows the state of mind of the people we want to preach the gospel to.
Therefore, “take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.”
When we utter what the Holy Ghost wants us to say, the word will get to the right target and they will give their lives to the Lord. As He sends us forth, He gives us all the instruments and weapons to ply the Word on the field.
The Holy Ghost empowers, enables, emboldens, enlists, engages, enlightens, endues and endows us.
He directs us in the right way to walk and declare the word of God; and He will strengthen, support and work through us if we obey His call. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost… shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance” (John 14:26).
Further Reading (King James Version): 1 John 5:7; John 3:16,17; 1 John 4:14; John 17:18; 20:21; Acts 13:4; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 4:14; John 3:16,17; Acts 3:26; 15:7,13-18; Galatians 1:15,16; 1 Corinthians 9:16-22; Romans 1:1,16; 1 Thessalonians 2:4; Acts 5:29; Matthew 28:18-20; 24:12-14; Mark 16:15,16; Luke 24:45-48; Acts 5:27-32; 18:9; Acts 13:2-4; Mark 13:10,11; Luke 12:11,12; Acts 4:8-13,31; 13:6-12.