Topic: Do Your Part [7th September 2017]
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27).
As a Christian, one of the ways you make spiritual advancement is by striving for the faith of the Gospel of Christ. Make up your mind that you’re going to stand firm, and work with other believers in the Church to advance the cause of the Gospel; to spread the righteousness of God in your world and in the regions beyond. Be committed to it, and refuse to be an observer on the sidelines. Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations…” (Matthew 24:14).
Don’t be merely content to be a member of a local church. Be actively involved as a partner, a co-labourer with God for the expansion of His Kingdom on earth. Jesus said, “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building” (1 Corinthians 3:9). We’re His partners in soul winning. There’s a difference between a member and a partner; a member is someone that’s in the boat with you, while a partner is someone who’s paddling together with you. A partner is involved in the work.
The Bible says the Church grows and develops through that which every joint supplies (Ephesians 4:16). Your role in Kingdom expansion, in world evangelism, is vital. Spread the Gospel as though you’re the only person charged with the responsibility. Do it to the best of your ability.
In 2 Corinthians 12:15, Paul said he would very gladly spend and be spent for the sake of the Gospel. In 1 Corinthians 9:16, he affirmed with such profundity, “…necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”
The same message that Paul and the other apostles preached, which Jesus Himself began both to do and teach, is what we have the privilege to take to our world today. What an honour to be bearers of the glorious Gospel of the blessed Lord Jesus Christ in our generation! There’s no better reason for living than to be a soul winner.
Dear father, thank you for making me an effective soul winner, a partner with the Holy Spirit in winning, building and raising others in righteousness. I expand the Kingdom of God in the earth, and bring many out of darkness into the liberty of the sons of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Corinthians 15:58 1 Corinthians 3:6-9
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: 2 Corinthians 6:3-7:1 Proverbs 20-21
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Luke 21:20-28, 1 Samuel 26