All the Gospel to All People

Acts 20:21  (KJV)   21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul was a non-discriminatory preacher. He himself was a Jew, but he preached to Jews and non-Jews alike – that covers all races. He was also a non-selective preacher. Known to be the apostle of grace, he preached repentance, and he also preached faith – both are essential to salvation.

We were commissioned by the Lord Jesus to preach the Good News of the Kingdom – the Good News of Jesus Christ – the Good News of salvation. Truth: we’ve all decided to turn our own way and we separated ourselves from God. Don’t read that last statement lightly. That’s a really heavy stuff, dreadfully serious. In turning to our own ways, we were all lost. And we would have been lost if our gracious Lord didn’t step in, and became the way to get us back on track and got us reconnected with God. Since all of us got lost, all of us needed to be found. This necessitates that the message we proclaim be for everyone. We don’t pick and choose, prefer or favor a specific race and exclude others. God loves everyone. He died for everyone: red, brown, yellow, black, white, polka-dots, striped, etc..

Another truth of importance: we need to share the full essentials for salvation – even the parts that may hurt. We don’t just preach repentance without faith; this will be showing people to turn away from something without showing them where to turn. We don’t just preach faith without repentance. This will be showing people to turn to something without showing them where to turn from. We cover the sins we need to leave behind and the Jesus we need to follow. It’s not “either-or,” it’s “both.”

Dear God, Lord of all, we pray that we will represent you faithfully. Take away any kind of ungodly discrimination and selectivity away from us. Help us that we may lovingly and boldly share the full message of the Gospel of your salvation. Yes, it may not be comfortable; it may hurt; it may cause others to dislike us or even hate us, but their salvation is worth all of those probable risks – even when risk becomes reality. Thank you Lord because we know you’ll be with us all the way, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

The Value of You

Luke 15:4  (KJV)   What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

Even though one seems to be insignificant and unnoticeable in the company of a hundred, this isn’t the case when it comes to sheep – at least those referred to in the story. To the shepherd, each sheep is of very high value. That’s the reason why he knows the number of the sheep to the detail. He knows when one is lost – even only one. And one lost sheep is enough reason for the shepherd to do an all-out search – and an unceasing search that will only find satisfaction when the lost sheep is finally found.

Every soul is valuable before God. It’s often been stated that if we we’re the only person on earth, God would have still sent His Son to die on the cross just to save us. There sadly are lost souls. Sadder still: there will be souls lost for eternity. But not because the Great Shepherd lacked to show sufficient care and action;  He has shown us that He was willing to go to great lengths and spare no expense for our salvation. He went all-out, crossing the borders of the eternal and gave us the “Darling of heaven” – the greatest Treasure we can find in heaven and on earth and anywhere else – His Son. Every one of us is that important to Him. Let us see others, and ourselves the same way and do nothing less than our best in going after those who are lost.

Precious Father, thank you for valuing each of us as much as you do. May we see each other the same way. May we also humbly and gratefully value You for Who You are. In Jesus’ Name, amen.