Pursue Personal Purity
2 Timothy 2:21 says, “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.”
Each one of us should pursue to live in a way that is faithful to God and His Word. In the same way that you don’t want to pick up the dirty spoon in the sink to use in your nice clean bowl, God calls us to be clean and ready for the work of sharing the Gospel.
Pray, Pray, Pray Some More
“The world has yet to see a Christlike, victorious, fruitful believer who was not a person of considerable prayer.” Jim Cymbala
Pray to God about everything, but as it relates to our emphasis on sharing the Gospel: Pray for laborers.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”Matthew 9:37–38 (ESV)
Pray for the lost.
“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.” Romans 10:1 (ESV)
Proclaim the Gospel
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16 (ESV)
It is not our testimony that saves someone, it is the truth about Jesus Christ that is the power to salvation. Your testimony plays a role in witnessing to the saving grace and love of God. But, when sharing the Gospel, don’t offer them the opportunity to live like you, offer the opportunity to follow Jesus and live for Him. Make sure that your message is exclusively about Jesus.
Depend On The Power Of The Holy Spirit
Jesus does not send us out on our own, but in the power of the Holy Spirit. Our effectiveness is so dependent on the Holy Spirit that Jesus told the disciples to stay put until the Holy Spirit had come.
“ And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 (ESV)
Jesus instructs us to be His witnesses through the power of the Holy Spirit.
“ But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (ESV)
Jesus is with us through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit as we go and sharethe Gospel with our community.
“ And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been givento me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18–20 (ESV)
John Knox prayed to God, “Give me Scotland or I die.” Very similarly George Whitfield prayed, “O Lord give me souls or take my soul.” What do you pray when you pray for the lost? Do you join Jesus in praying, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”?
Luke 23:34 (ESV) This prayer may seem out of place, but it was the same thing that Stephen prayed in Acts 7:60 (ESV) “And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Do you desire to see the lost find forgiveness? If so, the only way that will happen is if they believe in Jesus, confess their sins, repent of sin, and pursue a life that pleases God.
Do you long for the lost to be saved? Do you grieve for their souls? Do you hunger to see them trust in Christ as their Savior? We should all commit to pursue personal holiness, to pray fervently for the lost, to proclaim the gospel, and to depend on the Holy Spirit as we go about our daily lives in Tupelo, Lee County, MS.