Faithful And Empowered Witnesses by Pastor Chris Oyakilome
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).
The Lord Jesus, before His glorious ascension, charged us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. We’re His faithful and empowered witnesses. You can say like Paul, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (1 Timothy 1:12). Your life as a Christian is to bear witness of the reality of the Kingdom, and minister the Gospel to those in your world and in the regions beyond.
You’ve received the power to be a faithful and effective witness of the Lord Jesus. He has made you an able minister of the Gospel (2 Corinthians 3:6). One vital evidence that the Holy Spirit is active in your life is soul winning; dynamic evangelism! Whenever people received the Holy Spirit in the Bible, they preached and taught the Word with boldness, resulting in the conversion of sinners. For example, Peter ministered the Gospel and converted three thousand souls in one day: “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41).
Christ has come, and has brought salvation to the whole world. It’s our responsibility to tell the untold and take the message of salvation to the ends of the earth. The Gospel has been committed to our trust, and many people may never hear it, except through you. It’s your responsibility to let others know what Jesus came to do. He was born to die for the sins of men, and raised back to life for their justification. He came to make men sons of God. Everyone in the world today must hear that Christ Jesus came that they might have life (John 10:10), and we’re the bearers of this glorious news.
The Gospel message is the only hope for the world today. It’s man’s only means of salvation. Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). It’s your responsibility as a minister of reconciliation to take the message of Christ’s salvation to the lost and dying of this world. This is your calling, and you’ve been empowered for the job!
Dear heavenly Father, necessity is laid upon me to preach the Gospel; it’s all that I live for! Thank you for your grace and power at work in me as I reach out to the unsaved with the Gospel, delivering them from darkness into light, and from the power of darkness unto God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Luke 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
1 Corinthians 9:16 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!
Romans 10:13-15 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: John 11:1-16,
2 Kings 10-12
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Mark 12:18-27,