John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Let’s take a look at the LOVE God had for you and me.
1st – He loved each of us so much that He would send His only Son to pay our individual atonement for sin.
2nd – He loved each of us so much that He let it be our choice as to whether we accept His love – whosoever.
If you are not saved, why not receive Him now? Just call out for Him to save you, accept His love, repent of your sin and commit to serve Him from this day forward.
If you are saved, I have 2 questions for you.
1. If you KNOW God loves you, why fear obedience? Why would we think that any pain we might experience in the short here and now would outweigh eternal rewards? Why can’t we pray “whatever it takes”? He loves us!
In The Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life, Hannah Whitall Smith talks to a mother about how much the mother loves her son. She asks the mother, “Would you ever do anything to harm your son?” NO came the immediate answer. “Then why do you fear what God calls you to do when you know He loves you much more than you can love your child?”
Example – immunizations - They may hurt for a few minutes or even a day, but they benefit your child for a lifetime.
How much more does God love us that He would call us to great things; things for good and not for harm?
2. If you love others, then why aren’t you telling them about the grace, mercy and love of our Lord Jesus Christ? Why do we not share His grace, mercy and love that He gave to us with those around us? Why can’t we forgive, be kind (and mean it) and love those who hurt us, are not like us or don’t know us?
In The Case for Grace, Lee Strobel quoted someone who said, “How much do you have to HATE someone to NOT share the gospel with them?”
Tonight, before you go to sleep, think about where you are in your walk with Christ. We are called to obedience to our Father who loves us more that we can imagine. Why won’t we obey Him? Choose to get to know Him more by studying His word and praying every day. Determine that you will obey Him not matter what. He wants what’s best for you!
Now, think about the people you routinely come in contact with. Have you shared the gospel with them? Not, do they know you are a Christian? Have YOU shared the GOSPEL with THEM? If not, why not? Do you hate them? No? Then tell them the good news!
If we focus on knowing God more, we will want to do what He wants us to do, including sharing the gospel with others. This may not be in the formal way we are taught to “witness”, but one on one because we love HIM and can’t help but to tell others about HIM!