Paying Your Gospel Debt to the World - Part SixMonday, July 11, 2005
Now for the million dollar question. How do you pay a debt to people who don’t want you to pay them back? It’s a funny question isn’t it, because if you owed them money, you’d better believe they’d want you to pay them back. But since the debt you owe is spiritual—something they can’t see, taste, touch, feel, or spend—they are less likely to want it from you.
1. The first essential is prayer, of course. Prepare your own heart for each evangelistic opportunity or attempt. Ask God to make you sensitive to the leading of His Spirit who will guide you to think and say what you ought, if you are in tune with Him enough. Also ask God to prepare their heart, orchestrating the circumstances and situations of their life so that they will be more ready to hear the gospel and receive it than they were yesterday or last week or last month.
2. The second essential is the doctrine of depravity. Study what Paul says their attitude will more than likely be, according to 1 Corinthians 1:18. If the gospel message is foolishness to those who are perishing—a stupid message to those who are unsaved—then realizing that before you share the gospel will give you the courage and knowledge you need not to shrink back from doing it again just because someone rejected you at a previous time.
3. The third essential is the doctrine of salvation. Remember, the gospel is the power of God to save anyone who believes. The power of the gospel message you are trying to share is more powerful than anything else they may be experiencing, whether it be alcoholism, pornography, adultery, gambling, laziness, stealing, cursing, etc. No mountain of sin is too big for the dynamite of the gospel to blow it apart, rescuing them from their misery and emptiness.
Underneath all of this is the need for faith, just plain old simple belief. And you don't need more of it. You only need to use what you've already been given. Remember Luke's words?
"And the apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith!' And the Lord said, 'If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and be planted in the sea"; and it would obey you'" (Luke 17:5-6).
So use the faith God has given you and overcome whatever obstacles that are put in your way. You believed in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you! Now believe Him for the salvation of others regardless of what stands in your way!
Read Part Seven.