This topic is that which should not be taken with levity as Christ Himself gave the great commission that we should go into the world and make disciples. The early Christians took it upon themselves to ensure that the glad tidings of the gospel grew stronger and spread to all corners. They equally went as far as laying their lives for the sake of the gospel. Paul said in Philippians 1:21, for to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. How many of us can boldly make this statement considering the pleasures that are in this present world? I remember having a chat with a lady and we discussed extensively on witnessing for Christ. I threw this question and I was shocked at her response; “When was the last time you aided in the spread of the gospel”? She responded: “do you expect me to pick up a megaphone and walk around the street telling people to give their lives to Christ? It is not my job!” Honestly, that day, I was stunned, only then did I realize a lot of Christians out there go around with this mentality. The 21st century Christians prefer to be normal churchgoers, we love God only when He blesses us and we are not ready to go through any form of stress or discomfort for His sake, we leave all the work for the pastors, evangelists, and missionaries, giving excuses that they were called into such offices and should be responsible for the spread of the gospel. The moment any call is made for those who will represent and be ambassadors of the church at programs or whatever, we shy away and give funny excuses. On days we are compelled to go out on evangelism, we stylishly distance ourselves from others so our friends, acquaintances and close associates do not see us. Who are you deceiving? I wonder! Romans 1:16, for I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Here’s the bitter truth! If you find it difficult to proclaim the gospel, you are an impostor! Some of us feel that public announcement of our allegiance to God makes us less social. For some, preaching the gospel is not the problem; the issue is the stigma that comes with it. The fear of being referred to as “mummy Jesus”, “daddy Jesus”, “SU” and so on has hindered them from doing the right thing. Guess what? In Matthew 10:33, Jesus said: but whosoever shall deny me before men, he will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. You know, the funniest part of it is some of us spend time chatting, tweeting and doing all sorts of things on social media. You have a platform, but you have failed to utilize it effectively to win souls for your maker. Do not be responsible for the doom of sinners in your neighborhood! Many souls perish daily, yeah! Someone will ask: “is it my fault?” I will give you the answer. James 4:17, if anyone then knows the good they ought to do and does not do it, it is sin for them. You have a friend who is sold out to the activities of this world and you fail to help him/her out of such situation because you do not want to poke nose, you are denying such a person the privilege of knowing Christ through you. There is a star for each soul that is won, so, do away with such mentality as such person’s blood is upon your head. Do the needful! Conversion is not your job, speak the word and allow the Holy Spirit to interpret to such a person. Do not try to force salvation on anyone. Would you rather be recognized in this world and be denied in heaven or be recognized in heaven and be stigmatized in this world?
I know a man who started preaching on his street. After some time, he felt his street was not big enough for him; he wanted a larger audience, so he moved to the bus stop. He was so good at it that people who waited for their buses usually got carried away. One day, a man parked by him and told him he had been watching him for days. He told this man he was directed by God to give him his tithe. He stated bluntly that he was not a beggar and refused the money. After a lot of arguments and pleading, he finally collected a huge sum of money. Guess what? People were on the lookout to see if he would appear the following day or take a long break [So typical of us]. To their surprise, this man was there as early as he always set out for the bus stop. This single act of dedication and devotion made people give generously to him and before we uttered Jack Robinson, he got himself a small bus. He painted the bus, put a large speaker on it, posted banners and all sorts of decorations just to drive people’s attention to him. He took it upon himself to drive around every day telling the world about Jesus. Today, he has several means of transportation he uses to propagate the gospel. Now, the question is: are you equally passionate about winning souls for Christ? Imagine having people like this man on every street. I am sure by now; we would all be saints [LOL]. Those who supported him financially are missionaries in their own little capacity. Your money can go as far as where you never imagined you will step your foot. So, do not hesitate to give generously when you have the opportunity to.
A lot of us have not realized that we do not have to step out of our homes, travel so far or walk around the street before becoming missionaries. Of a truth, not everyone would be on the field. Nevertheless, you should be actively involved in evangelical activities. The world has gone global and technology has made things easier for us. You can reach a wide range of people in a spot. Instead of making videos of gallivanting with your friends, reach out to the unreached and help the lost with the words of your mouth. You could make a video sharing your conversion experience and bringing it to their notice that Jesus is still in the salvation business. You have loads of followers and all you do is entertain them with comedy videos… For how long will you continue in such folly? Nothing stops you from sending JESUS LOVES YOU to all your contacts on WhatsApp. The highest they will do is to block you, but indirectly, you have passed a message. Do not fail to seize every opportunity that comes your way. Have you not noticed the joy that emanates from fulfilling this mandate? The bible says there is joy in heaven over every lost soul that is won back into the kingdom. Would you not be happy if such joy is experienced because you have carried out your duty?
Another salient point I would like to bring to our notice is our character and actions could also preach Christ. We are the salt of the earth and light of the world. How often do you exhibit a Christ-like behavior? In Antioch, the apostles were named Christians because their attitudes and lifestyle were like that of their master. We are the bible people read now. Do not bring reproach to the name of God with your irrational actions. What message do you have to share when your character has ruined it all? Before you do anything, ask yourself the question: “what will Jesus do?”. Do not be responsible for depopulating the kingdom of God.
Let us go back to the question I asked: Missionary or impostor, which are you? I am sure by now, you already know the group you belong to. Search yourself and rate your performance as a Christian so far. How many souls have you won for Christ?, have you fulfilled the mandate?, do you even have an idea of the great commission given to us by God?. Having answered these questions, make amends today and it shall be well with you.
Do not forget, the Lord already told us in John 15: 18-25 that the world will hate us. So, do not be surprised when you are persecuted, they did more to Jesus. The good news is: Jesus already prayed for us in John 17: 20-26. So, do not fret. He is always there to see you through. Shine your light in the dark places of this world and spread the good news of Christ.
There is a reward waiting for you!
God bless you!