Where Have You Been, Someone?
Easter Sunday this year has been exceptionally amazing for our church at River. On this occasion where we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus, we have launched our Telugu Ministry! Praise God for this work that He has begun in us. And I know that as we remain faithful and obedient to His calling, this is going to be an exciting growing ministry where many Telugu brothers and sisters are going to be saved!
As I learn more about the Telugu people, I understand that Telugu is the most spoken language in South India and the third most spoken language in the whole of India. I am excited about the potential of our Telugu Ministry reaching the entire nation of India with the Gospel!
To reach out to the Telugu community locally, we have started to prepare Gospel tracts in the Telugu language. For the first batch of tracts printed, while the details of our Telugu Church Service and EMPOWERED! Discipleship Small Groups were clear, the text regarding the Gospel turned out fuzzy. On looking at the tract, one of our Telugu brothers pointed at the blurry portion and commented, “But this is the most important part!”
This brother totally understands and believes that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, as Paul writes in Romans 1:16. This brother knows that while it is important to share with his Telugu friends where and when our Church Service and Discipleship groups take place, it is far more important that they hear of the Gospel.
The brief encounter with this brother blesses and teaches me so much, that the fact that the tracts that I have specially gone to print may now not be of use, really does not mean anything anymore.
Romans 1:16 NASB
For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…
We really ought to be proud of the Good News of Jesus Christ that we have. When we are, we will be loud about it and bold to share with everyone. And this is so important for the Gospel IS the power for salvation.
Romans 10:12-15 NIV
12 …the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him,
13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
The apostle Paul puts it so plainly and clearly here for us to see. The power of the Gospel is released when it is shared, passed on, heard and received.
We can talk about the lost, whine about the state of the world and even pray constantly for revival and for the Kingdom of heaven to be on earth. However, nothing, absolutely nothing, is going to change unless someone shares the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who do not yet know Him. If there really was any other way Jesus wanted this done, He would not have left you and me The Great Commission to fulfill.
“…And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Paul asks in Romans 1:14.
That “someone preaching to them” must be you and me, my friend!
Pause and consider this for a moment. The words that come forth from our lips when we be that “someone preaching to them” could be the very words that set people on an eternal relationship with our Father in Heaven.
Let you and I be that “someone preaching to them”. It can change their eternity.
Let us pray.
Dear Heavenly Father, I praise You that You are our Almighty and Sovereign Lord over all. I thank You for granting me the privilege of partnering with You in the amazing work of salvation. Indeed, O Lord, the Gospel is Your power of salvation to everyone who believes, and I commit to preach it and proclaim it for the rest of my days. Father, I believe You have called me to be living in such times for this purpose of advancing Your Kingdom. Increase in me the compassion and the boldness to reach out to the people around me, bringing the Good News to the lost and winning souls for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.