Evangelism a Necessity

by admin ~ August 13th, 2011. Filed under: Brandenburg, gospel.

Recently in our series through 1 Corinthians, in chapter nine and verse sixteen, Paul comments on his motivation for preaching the gospel. He says he does it out of “necessity” and then because “woe is unto” him if he doesn’t preach it. Those may not seem like the impressive motivations that we would expect from Paul. Couldn’t it be “because he loved it,” or “because of the great results,” or “because he liked seeing people get saved.” But no. It was necessary. He was required to do it. And he was a creep if he didn’t. Those will get you out of your chair, won’t they? But actually, they really will. When you get up to go to work or do a lot of the jobs you have to do as a man, you don’t do them because they are fun or they make you feel good. Someone said that half the job is just showing up. You show up because you have to. Once you get there you might get some good feelings about being there, after you’ve accomplished some of the work. But that isn’t what makes your feet hit the floor and pull one leg on at a time. No, you do that, because that’s what men do. That’s what’s required of you. What Paul wrote actually works for me too. I think about it like the following. “I believe this. This is what Jesus did. This is what He wants me to do. I’ve got to do it. I don’t feel like it, but I’m going to do it anyway. Because it’s the truth, and that’s good enough for me.”

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