Marriage is an important issue in Christian life. It marks the beginning of a wonderful journey; a journey that can make or mar our relationship with God. It is good to marry but it is better to stay married.
In the world today, staying married is a big problem. Statistics shows that between 41 to 45 percent of marriages instituted today are doomed to end in divorce.
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! (1Corinthians 9:16 KJV)
Evangelism as a Commandment
The most paramount concern our Lord Jesus Christ in the gospel is to see the sinners repenting and turning unto God. He laid the foundation himself and taught his disciples to do so while on earth (Luke 10:1-11). After His resurrection, Jesus commanded his disciples that they should go into the world and preach the gospels to every creatures (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20).
Now this commandment is not only for the disciples of old alone, it is for everyone that proclaims to follow Jesus even in the present time.
Evangelism Depicts a Love for Lost Soul
Evangelism is a pointer of our true love for the lost souls that must be saved. One fact that every Christian must bear in mind is that everyone we meet daily will certainly spend eternity somewhere – Heaven or hell. Though it is not the desire of God that anyone he created should perish but if they chose not his free salvation, he has no alternative than to send them to hell. So, it is the responsibility of all of us who are already saved to bring the message of salvation to the notice of everyone living on earth. If we derelict or neglect, then the love of these billions of unsaved is not in our heart. What we are actually saying by neglecting is that they can go to hell. Jesus said the first commandment is to love your God and the second most important is to love your neighbours as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39). If you are a true child of Christ you should be ready to obey whatever he says. Love your neighbours as yourself and preach to them. Don’t send them to hell.
Evangelism Depicts a Love for God
Whenever we preach the message of salvation to the unsaved, we are actually saying that Jesus we love you, and we are fulfilling your commandment as giving unto us. We are also saying that your reasons for coming to this world must not be in vain. Every Christians should remember that Jesus came to this world and laid down His life primarily to save lost souls (Matthew 1:21, Mark 2:17, Luke 5:31-32). So, what this tells me is that if we say that we are devoted Christians, yet we preach not the gospel of Jesus to people in one way or the other, we deceive ourselves and the love of Christ is not in us. Every one of us Christians should remember this scripture, Jesus said:
“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels (Mark 8:38)”.
We Christians should also remember that we are commanded to love the Lord our God with all our heart (Matthew 22:37-38). Doing this involves bringing the unsaved unto him. If we love Him and truly believe in him, then we should be ready to do his work on earth. Jesus said if you believe in me the works that I do, you shall do also (John 14:12). So, as a matter of urgency, it is important for every Christian to preach the salvation of Christ Jesus to the unsaved. We should use every means and time available (convenient or not convenient) to do this for the time is running out – Jesus will come shortly.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
(Matthew 28:19-20 KJV)
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