“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
We have one message to offer, and only one reason to do so, that the Lord God would be glorified, if you are not offering the message, your salvation would be questionable, no matter what your feelings, for those who love the Lord cannot help but speak to those who do not yet serve Him.
The message is manyfold, but the foundation of it is love, and if you do not love your neighbor as yourself, you will not speak to them about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Those who will not call upon Him for the salvation of their soul will also glorify Him, for they will not be forgotten, they will experience His wrath throughout all eternity, and in this the Almighty will be glorified.
“For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.” (Luke 6:32)
You will not receive the strength, the fortitude, the desire to reach out to the lost unless you stay in the Word of God, unless you contemplate Him continuously, hearing comes from the Word of God, and it compels us to love for a singular purpose, that the Living God would be glorified. Love shown must not only be in words, but actions.
“For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.” (Mark 9:41)
The Samaritan stopped to help, Zacchaeus returned fourfold, Paul sought out those who had never heard. The warning must be offered to those who reject the love as well though, those we speak to who reject the Savior’s call must be made to know that a terrible price was paid for them, and refusing the love can only mean the acceptance of eternal damnation. There is no third option.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Heb. 9:27)
Every single person in hell knows the truth of these words, our responsibility in this life is to make sure that the living knows them as well. Their acceptance or denial of these truths is not our responsibility, they, as all are, as we are, are accountable for themselves.
“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1st Cor. 9:16)
This verse is not just for the traveling Evangelist, it is not for your pastor alone, it is for every single person who has been saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you love the Lord you will speak of Him, if you do not, you will not. It is that simple. Those who will not overcome their inhibitions in this area will not hear, “Well done, though good and faithful servant,” it is highly unlikely they will even see the Kingdom of the Living God, for our love of the Lord compels us to speak, drives us to act, loves our neighbor enough not just to give them a drink of water, but the knowledge of the living waters.
Faith comes by hearing my friends, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22)
You cannot be transformed in your mind if you do not study to show yourself approved. You cannot love your neighbor as yourself unless it is the love of the Lord you are revealing to them, and if that love is rejected by them, if you do not warn them of the eternal consequences of their decision, you have not revealed to them the complete love of Christ.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Gal. 6:7)
You will not grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord unless you stay in the Word of God, and unless you do so solely for His glory.