Sharing the gospel is sharing Christ. We are assailed with different messages about the Bible and sometimes there are messages that seemingly preach about God but they leave an awkward feeling that somehow they were not so. There are fake gospels out there. They are fake gospels because they use Christ but they do not preach Christ. They preach their church and their religion. Some preach for their own selfish ambitions. This is not the gospel. The gospel centers on the saving grace of Jesus Christ for all man through His death and resurrection at the cross.
It is then important that we read and study the Bible. We should know the truth as given in the Bible so that we will not be easily deceived by false doctrines. We will not be easily swayed by rumors.
“Then if any man tells you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There!’ don’t believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.”– Matthew 24:23-24 (WEB)
“I command you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his Kingdom: preach the word; be urgent in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all patience and teaching. For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts …”– 2 Timothy 4:1-3 (WEB)
Sharing the gospel is about the message and the intention. Whatever manner the gospel is spread or shared, it opens wider opportunity for more and more people to know Christ. The bearers of the message may have different intentions for sharing the gospel, but one common thing occurs, Christ is shared. Like during Paul’s time, the wide spread of gospel when Paul was imprisoned in Rome was due to two reasons.
“Some indeed preach Christ even out of envy and strife, and some also out of good will. The former insincerely preach Christ from selfish ambition, thinking that they add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the Good News. What does it matter? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed. I rejoice in this, yes, and will rejoice.”– Philippians 1:15-18 (WEB)
1. Due to selfish ambitions to inflict more damage to Paul.
2. Due to love in the belief that Paul’s ministry is in defense for the gospel of Christ.
Yet, even with this differing motives for preaching the gospel, Paul said it did not matter because what mattered most was that Christ was proclaimed. Yes, indeed. In both ways, Christ was preached and the gospel was all the more advanced to many people.
The differing motives were there because there were two different groups who preached Christ. The group who preached Christ out of selfish ambition were the ones who did not really followed Christ but they preached the gospel because they wanted to cause more harm to Paul who was imprisoned because of the gospel. The group who preached Christ out of love were those who followed Jesus and who supported Paul in spreading the gospel. God can use both situations and both groups to bring the message of salvation to all but I believe one group pleased Christ while the other did not. And Christian living is all about pleasing Christ as our Master.
For Christians, it is important that we glorify God in whatever we do. When we share the gospel we have to bring glory to God through the purity of our intention. Christians who love God out of a pure heart bring the message of the gospel with love. They are messengers that share Christ alone without any other agenda. They preach the gospel that is complete, pure, and unblemished.
All who experienced the saving grace of Jesus deep within their soul naturally has that “fire in their bones” to share the love of Jesus to others. Share with fire. Share with love.
“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 things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”– Matthew 28:19-20 (WEB)