I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish…..I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes….(Romans 1:14-16)
Thursday, February 4
My two oldest boys are of the age where they apply for part-time jobs and I’m always intrigued to hear about their interviews. Thankfully, they are nothing like the one I heard about a young man who was interviewing for a job as an usher at a theatre. The manager asked him, “What would you do if a fire broke out in the theatre?”
He replied, “On, don’t worry about me. I’d get out okay.”
As you might imagine, he didn’t get the job.
Jesus calls us out of a preoccupation with ourselves. Paul knew that. He said he was “obligated” to share the gospel with others. The word “obligated” was actually a financial term in his day and age. Paul felt like he “owed” it to people to share the story of Jesus. Five different times in the New Testament Paul mentions being “entrusted” with the gospel of Christ. He was given it in order to share it.
Has it ever occurred to you that the story of what the gospel of Jesus has done in your life isn’t just for you? Your story doesn’t just belong to you. It’s to be shared with someone else.
The gospel isn’t just about bringing you freedom. It’s to move through you to bring freedom to others.
After all, there’s a fire that’s broken out in our world.
Grace and peace,
Posted on Thu, February 4, 2016
by Chris Seidman