No one ever said it would be easy, but it definitely is worthwhile. Gospel work is both challenging and rewarding.
The apostle Paul had a deliberate strategy, which met with both success and opposition. "they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And according to Paul's custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ." (Acts 17.1-3) There were many who responded in faith (Acts 17.4), but there were those who were fiercely opposed (Acts 17.5). This pattern was repeated wherever Paul went with the gospel.
The core of Paul's gospel message was the resurrection of Jesus, and the hope of believer resurrection. This message, in particular, will certainly get us in hot water as we share it, but we dare not refrain from doing so. Every living being is entitled to hear, and then determine their response.
Have you developed, like Paul (Acts 17.2), a gospel sharing strategy? It ought not to be considered a burdensome obligation, but rather a natural and joyful privilege. Clearly sharing the distinct and life-changing message that Paul shared, so that others have opportunity to respond, is a blessing beyond measure.
May we each carefully and prayerfully develop a strategy, and reap the benefits for the kingdom and ourselves as we faithfully put the plan into action.
©Steve Taylor, 2016 --Used by permission