As the holidays approach and our lives get busier we are almost forced to ponder on the question, “What are you thankful for?” There’s and abundance of things we can name and that we are thankful for, but as christians, what should we be the most thankful for? Better yet, what do we do with our thankfulness?
The easy, obvious and correct answer is Jesus: his life, death, and resurrection. But the idea behind this post is not telling you what you should be thankful for, it’s about telling you what you should be doing with that thankfulness. On November 15, pastor Mat Cotton gave a message that I believe impacted the entire church. His message was about spreading the Gospel. Short and simple. He pulled from the passage in Romans that some of us are quite familiar with.
I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 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 1:14-16
We as Christians are (or should be) thankful for the gift of Jesus. But often times I ask myself, “How thankful are we if we are not sharing it?” If we are so thankful then we as a church, as God’s people, should be very effective in sharing the Gospel and winning souls for Christ. Pastor Mat address this very thing in his message. To boil it all down into one sentence, if we are not sharing the Gospel, then we are 1. not thankful enough, or 2. hate those around us.
Now the first point is easy to accept, “Maybe I’m not thankful enough, I can work on that.” But the second point? “How dare you accuse me of hating those around me!” I know its offensive and it hurts but its true. Romans 1:16 says the Gospel is the saving power of God. This is the very verse that reveals our hatred towards those around us. Why in the world would you not want to share the saving power of God to those around you? We must absolutely hate someone to not share the Gospel with them! All that aside, whether you hate someone or not, Paul tells us in verse 14 that it is our obligation to share the Gospel message. Matthew 28:19 says, “ 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,” It is our duty as deliver to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So this holiday season don’t just be thankful for the Gospel message, take it a step further and do your part in spreading the Gospel message!
Here is Pastor Mat’s Sermon for November 15, 2015: