Let worship be the fuel for mission’s flame, we’re going with a passion for Your name…

16 Feb

Matthew 4:23 says, “And he [Jesus] went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.”

I begin today’s post with a question, what is our motivation for spreading the gospel?  Jesus was all about preaching the gospel in order to further the Kingdom of God.  Have you ever thought of preaching the gospel as an act of worship?  So often Christians view sharing the gospel as a chore that we do simply out of a sense of duty.  However, in actuality it should be a regular part of our life of worship.  Remember Romans 12:1-2 where Paul writes, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present you bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Paul is talking here about the fact that our lives should be characterized by worship.  Everything that we do should be out of a sense of worship to our Heavenly Father.  We owe our entire selves to God because of the incredible amount of grace He has poured out in us.  Verse 2 talks of the fact that we will understand that worth of this life of worship by putting it to the test.  Meaning we will fully understand that incredible worth of living a life characterized by worship only after we have begun living a life of worship.

It is at this point that I come back to my initial question: what is your motivation for sharing the gospel?  If it is simply for the fact that you feel obligated to as a Christian, then you need to take a step back and look at what it means to share the gospel.  In all truthfulness, as Christians we are obligated to share the gospel, but that should not be our compulsion.  On the other hand, if you share the gospel out of love and concern for your fellow man and out of a sense of worshipful response to God’s grace, ten you are more in the right place to be living a life that is characterized by worship.  Worship truly should be the fuel for the fire of missions within us.  We must go out with a passion for the name of Jesus to be made famous wherever we go.  As we live a life characterized by worship, Jesus will be made famous by our example to those who observe our lives.

My prayer is that you learn to live with a passion for the name of Jesus to become famous in your sphere of influence.  This will become the case if you are living a life that is characterized by worship.

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