Bear the Gospel

February 13th 2024



Bear the Gospel

Let’s talk about living a life that matters.

About exploding beyond the humdrum of daily existence and living a life that reverberates throughout the centuries.

Interested?

Then let me encourage you to embrace one simple, critical conviction: As a believer, you must bear the Gospel; that is, you are called to participate in God’s global mission to glorify the Son through the purposeful proclamation of the Gospel to every tribe, tongue, nation and people.

Charles Spurgeon once said, “If there be any one point in which the Christian church ought to keep its fervor at a white heat, it is concerning missions. If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness, it is the matter of sending the gospel to a dying world.”[1]

As a Christian, you’ve been summoned and selected, hand-picked by the King of everything, to courageously carry the good news of Jesus Christ to the very ends of the world. Two compelling reasons support this assertion.

  • The Lamb is Worthy of Worship
  • Global Glory Is God’s Goal

The Lamb is Worthy of Worship

The Lamb is worthy of worship.

Consider the following scene in Revelation 5:8–9:

When He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are You to take the scroll and to break its seals; for You were slaughtered, and You purchased peoplefor God with Your blood from every tribe, language, people, and nation.’”

What’s going on?

This is nothing less than a heavenly worship service. The assembled creatures and elders observe the Lamb of God and spontaneously erupt in worship. And the purpose of their praise is simple: To exalt Jesus, who shed his infinitely precious blood so that he could purchase a people who would give God glory forever.

Heaven grasps the unspeakable worthiness of Christ to receive eternal glory and honor.

Do you?

Are you living for Christ’s glory, or your own? You weren’t mean to live for career advancement, financial security, or familial bliss. In fact, you weren’t meant to live for you at all.

You’ve been redeemed by the Lamb so that you would pursue the goals and glory of God. Quite simply, that the Son would be worshipped for the magnitude of his sacrifice and the perfection of his character, and that his fame would spread far and wide, touching people from every ethnicity, every language, every culture, and every race.

The Lamb is worthy of worship.

Global Glory is God’s Goal

Filling the world with God-worshippers has always been God’s game plan.

From Genesis to Revelation, the pages of Scripture drip with God’s missionary fervor for his own global glory.

Consider the following passages of Scripture (Italics added for emphasis):

Genesis 12:1–3 – “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, and from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Psalm 46:10 – “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Isaiah 49:6 – “He says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make you a light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’”

Malachi 1:11 – “For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure, for My name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord of Hosts.”

Matthew 28:19–20 – “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Acts 1:8 – “…you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

Romans 15:9–11 – “…Therefore I will give praise to You among the Gentiles, And I will sing praises to Your name.” Again he says, “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people.” And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, And let all the peoples praise Him.”

Revelation 7:9–10 – “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’”

The testimony of Scripture is unmistakable: God’s goal is and has always been glorious, global worship.

Now, if you’re wondering how you can be involved, let me offer three simple suggestions:

Pray

Pray that: 1) God would send more missionaries; 2) He would supply all their needs; 3) He would save people from every tribe and tongue and people and nation; and 4) Churches would grow strong and remain true to sound doctrine.

Give

Support missionaries financially. If need be, start small. Give $5 a month. Hold off on one Starbucks latte a month, and give that money to a faithful missionary that your church supports.

Go

This may mean moving to a foreign country and serving in a local church so that the Gospel may spread. Most likely, however, it will look like going on a short-term ministry trip and spending a week or two with your church, serving in a foreign country. These trips are life-changing and perspective-shifting, opening your eyes to the massive need for the Gospel across the world.

You can live a life that matters. You can live a life whose impact echoes throughout time and eternity.

Though I don’t know what God has in store for you, I can tell you this—He’s calling you to a courageous commitment to boldly embrace your role in God’s global plan to bring honor to his name, from your own neighborhood to the nations.

[1] Charles Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit: Vol. 14 (Pilgrim Publications: Pasadena, TX, 1982), 220.

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Author: Jeremiah Dennis

A Southerner at heart, Jeremiah loves travel, exercise, and missions. And he's always looking for opportunities to practice his Spanish and French.