“For the Love of Christ Urges Us On…”
Posted Jan 05, 2017 by Kris Eldridge in Missions
“For the Love of Christ urges us on… because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And He died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for them.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
My eldest child is Zachariah. Several years ago, when he was in the first grade, I was driving him to school. One thing I do with him every morning on the way to school is pray. I often include the following line in my prayer: “Jesus, please allow Zachariah to show you to others today who might not know you.” I had prayed this prayer for a couple of weeks before it occurred to me that he might not understand what I was praying. So, I asked him if he understood what daddy meant when he prayed that line. Not surprisingly, he said “no.” I then explained to him what my prayer meant. By the time I explained myself, we had arrived at his school. I dropped him off and told him I loved him. End of discussion.
Later that day (after Zachariah had arrived home), I received a phone call from my wife. She asked: “so do you want to hear what Zachariah did at school today?” She proceeded to tell me that Zachariah had shared Jesus with his friends at lunchtime! He had told them about Jesus, His love for them, and that he wanted his friends to be in heaven with him. All of that came from a six year old! When I had that conversation with him earlier that morning, I didn’t really expect him to do anything about it; I was just explaining my prayer. Wow! What an indictment on me! In that moment, I had to pray a prayer of forgiveness and repentance.
Kris and Zachariah serving and sharing the gospel in Poland.
This simple story illustrates well the following point: we as Christians know a lot about the deeds and words of the gospel. We know how to serve people and we know how to tell others about Jesus. For the most part, however, we don’t do those things.
How many books, workshops, and programs have you gone through on evangelism? How many of these resources do you have on a bookshelf in your home or office? Now, let me ask you another question: how many folks have you ministered to with the words and deeds of the gospel? When you compare these numbers, what do you find? Has the amount of knowledge you have acquired translated into an increased amount of Kingdom advancement? If you are anything like me, the more I know does not necessarily equal a greater yield of scattering the deeds and words of the gospel.
Knowing more is not the issue. It’s all about the heart. The first time my son Zachariah (above story) shared the gospel with someone, he was six years old. Since that occasion, Zachariah has shared the gospel many, many times. The first time Zachariah shared Jesus, he knew some Scripture verses, he knew that Jesus had saved him (his testimony), and he knew that his friends were separated from God. That was it. He had never taken an evangelism course or participated in a workshop. What compelled him to share was a love of Jesus and a love for others.
Why do I want to share Jesus with others? “For the love of Christ urges us on…” I share the deeds and words of the gospel because I am incredibly in love with Jesus! My desire is to please and glorify Him in all I do; I want the things that break His heart to break my heart! Where does this love come from? It comes from the fact that He first loved us. Jesus died for you! Don’t forget how incredible that is!
My motive for evangelism/outreach is simple: I am passionately in love with Jesus and want to please Him. I am grateful that God saved me from my lost state, and I will not get the punishment I deserve. Because of these things, I want to be an ambassador of good news to those who are hopeless, those who have great needs, and those who don’t have the good news. I am concerned with the Father’s heart!
Community Outreach Pastor
Fellowship Bible Church