"This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come." - Matthew 24:14
"How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things!" - Romans 10:15b
I just finished watching the great evangelist, Billy Graham's funeral. There were a number of encouragements that emerged as I watched, but maybe the most inspiring one was the way Billy Graham committed his life to proclaiming the message of Jesus and calling people to put their trust in Him. On his tomb stone he requested these words, "Billy Graham, Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ", along with the verse John 14:6 that states, "Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Some estimate that over the course of Billy's life around 215 million people heard the good news of Jesus through his preaching and hundreds of thousands made a public profession of faith in Jesus.
Without the Gospel message that calls people to place their trust in Jesus, disciple-making is simply another religious conformity movement. It is the good news of Jesus' death as punishment for our sin, His resurrection displaying His power over sin and death, and the invitation to turn away from sin and declare Jesus as Lord that we can be transformed from dead enemies of God into His spiritually alive and deeply loved children.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 24:14 that this Gospel will be preached in the whole earth and then the Jesus will return. While some debate about exactly what this means, I believe that as it says, God will give every people group on planet earth the opportunity to turn to Him, before He returns to gather His people to experience an eternity with Him. In fact, it is through making the Gospel known to all people that we are contributing to the work that will precede His return. If you're interested here's a link to a map that shows all of the people groups in the world that have yet to hear the message of Christ: https://joshuaproject.net/.
So what is our role in this world evangelization mission? You might be thinking, I'm no Billy Graham! Thankfully, you don't have to be Billy Graham to be involved in sharing the Gospel. If we are His disciples, we are called to proclaim the good news about Jesus to everyone we can until we die or He returns. We start doing this where we live, but should also be involved with taking the Gospel to the every corner of the globe. This means that we can talk to our family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors, or we can literally pack our bags and go tell people that have never heard. Even if we never go beyond our city or nation's borders, at the very least we should be willing. Added to this, we can pray for those who are going or financially support those who go. This is normative involvement for a disciple of Jesus.
Remember that sharing the Gospel with others begins with believing the Gospel ourselves. The reason Billy Graham and all of the great evangelists and missionaries that have lived were so committed to sharing the good news about Jesus is because it was exactly that, GOOD NEWS to them personally.
This begs the question, "Is the Gospel good news to you?". Have you received the eternal salvation of your soul through putting your trust in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus? If not, you can receive this gift right now. If so, then you have an incredible message to share!
Father, please bring salvation to those who are reading this who have never called on you to save them. For those of us who are your rescued children, give us the courage and passion to tell others this incredibly good news.