Giving the Gospel as an Act of Worship
What is your motivation for giving the gospel? Is it simply to have someone come to believe in Christ or is there a more profound motivation? What if a person doesn't respond? Have you failed? No you have not failed because in giving the gospel you have worshiped God. In the New Testament are five spiritual sacrifices offered to God as an act of worship and the fifth one is the giving of the gospel. Notice how Paul described what he did when he gave the gospel.
+15 But I have written very boldly to you on some points, so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God,
16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, that my offering of the Gentiles might become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:15-16)
In the second verse he said that he was functioning as a priest when he gave the gospel. Further those who became believers are an offering to God from him. What this tells us is that God is simply pleased when we give the gospel. It is because of the work of the Holy Spirit when someone responds, then that person is an offering to God as part of our priestly worship. But whether an individual we are witnessing to responds or not, it still qualifies as an act of worship. Doesn't that change the motivation for giving the gospel?
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