Some big decisions are difficult to make, but then, some are not.
If, for example, your child had a terminal illness and the doctors recommended highly-invasive and risky surgery, though the risk was high, we can be sure that no parent would hesitate to make that decision if it would save their child’s life. Similarly, people don’t have a huge problem moving to another country if promised a stable and multi-million-dollar salary.
We can see from these examples, that the speediness and sureness in which we make our decisions depends on the perceived value that that decision will bring. In the two examples, the precious life of a child and the promise of a large salary make it easy for any person in that situation to decide.
Should it not be for us Christians and the decision to be missionaries for His Gospel?
Missionaries like Paul and Luke found it easy to make big decisions for God, to move to new strange lands and to persevere under persecution because they saw the value of the Gospel.
Often times it may be difficult for us to make the decision to go on a mission, because we don’t see the value of the Gospel to the world. But the Gospel is the most valuable and precious treasure in the world.
It is more valuable than any multi-million dollar salary.
It is more valuable than any promise of a comfortable life-style.
It is more valuable than any relationship and even our own lives.
It is more valuable because in it is the promise of a reconciled relationship with the God of the universe, access to the sanctuary of God, and the promise of a new life that is free from the clutches of evil.
In Paul’s letter’s he shares 3 particular things that make the Gospel valuable.
- The Gospel is the power of God that brings salvation (Romans 1:16-17):
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
- The Gospel is the treasure – the life of Jesus – in our mortal and weak bodies (2 Corinthians 4:7):
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
- The Gospel is God’s extending to us his favor – now! (2 Corinthians 6:1-2):
As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says,
‘In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.’
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
Let us be like Paul and his companions: ready and able to make big decisions for God, and ready to go anywhere for the sake of the Gospel.
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