Go and Preach the Gospel
“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’” (Mark 16:15, NASB).
The more I grow in my faith walk, the more this verse resonates in my mind, heart and spirit. It serves as the motivation for my life now – the talks I give, my coaching sessions, the books, blogs and devotionals I write. I’m often approached by strangers who ask, “Are you a Pastor?” Initially, I couldn’t understand what was going on and why people kept asking me that. Over time, I’ve come to understand and accept the truth of this verse. It compels me and drives me. Now, I usually greet my audience, regardless of the setting, with these words: “Welcome to church. I’m delighted to be here and to have this opportunity to share God’s Word with you and talk about living life and doing business God’s way.”
In this verse, the call to action to every Christian is clear. We are to share the Gospel of Christ to the world – the lost, sick, needy, captive and the broken hearted. Whenever we: share God’s Word; confess our testimony and witness to a stranger; pray for others in the face of a crisis; proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior; feed the hungry and give shelter to the homeless; spend time with someone who is gripped with despair; hold a bedside vigil and share love and compassion the sick; encourage the fearful; give counsel to a friend based on God’s Word; and teach and model righteousness - we are sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I praise God that I have come to realize that preaching is more about what I do with my gifts, talents, time and money, than what I call myself.
Child of God, I encourage you to ask God how to share the Gospel in your world today, regardless of what you do for a living or what the world calls you. Share the Good News about Jesus. Yes, go and preach the Gospel in all you do, and occasionally use words.
Father, thank You for Your Son’s example. Holy Spirit, help me look for ways to share the Good News about Jesus. Give me boldness and confidence to speak the truth of Your Word every day to all who will listen. Help me to be a beacon of light in a dark and lost world. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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