Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before Him;
strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. –Psalm 96:1-6
Do we believe this? Do we do these things? Sharing the gospel is, well, a struggle. Oh, but look at our God! “Splendor and Majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.” By His grace, we know and serve the magnificent, sovereign King of the Universe. In light of who we are and who He is, we should be sharing of His great might, without ceasing.
So, what is it? Why can we not seem to muster up the courage to “tell of His salvation” and “declare His glory among the nations”?
The most common place the Church in America is encouraged to be a “missionary” in, is the workforce. How does one, be the salt and the light among those you spend a large portion of your day with? The most common misconception that I have heard of is the “nice guy effect.” You know, the approach where you overwhelm everyone with inexplicable niceness and joy and this most certainly leads to coworkers innately understanding you are a Christian and Jesus is what they need to have a good attitude at work. Maybe your work ethic leads to Gospel conversations–and that is wonderful. However, that leaves the rest of waiting and hoping, that today we will be good enough for someone to know Christ. We all know that our works and salvation do not go together, and you are falsely hoping in something besides Christ. Romans 10:14 very plainly says, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) We cannot be passively “sharing” the gospel, conforming to the mundane, but rather taking a bold stand for the majestic God, who made the heavens, and for some reason, saw it fit to save wretches like us.
This is intimidating. I one hundred percent get it. I work outside of the home, on a part-time basis. The environment that I work in heavily relies on teamwork, and there are a lot chatting women during downtime. Many opportunities to share the biblical worldview. In my last job, I knew that I was going to be leaving and starting a new job, and there would be very little likelihood that I would be interacting with these coworkers again. This created in me a much more aggressive approach to the Gospel, because, what did I have to lose? Well, I made a woman cry. This is not me bragging. I do stand by what I said. I shared the Gospel, unashamedly. This woman who was old enough to be my mother had lived the majority of her adult life, perhaps her entire life, believing a false Gospel! This is absurd. I spoke truth to her, offering her the grace that only the truth can offer, and she was frazzled and crying. I know she needed to hear it, but I know that I also found comfort in telling her because I knew I’d most likely never speak to her again.
How selfish of me, though, to only find Christ and my coworker that valuable when I had nothing left to lose? It’s despicable. A great fear of man has settled into my heart again as I have started this new job. Waiting for the moment to come, when people will truly know who I am. In those moments, I am ashamed of the God that died for me and I worship what sinful man thinks of me and find higher value in it than the commands of Christ. I tell you this to encourage you. That the person behind this screen, is young and sinful and NEEDS Jesus, but to also tell you, that we are without excuse.
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. –Phillippians 3:7-8
Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter. For what? “For the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus.” All things are a loss for the sake of Christ. Paul was a man, that had attained what his culture had to offer, but in a jail cell, he renounced it all for Christ. I love this passage of Scripture because I believe it really helps keep things in perspective. As basic as Christianity gets, this is there, nothing in this life can offer us satisfaction, but Christ. Fortunately, we live in a country, where it is currently legal to share the gospel. An arrest does not threaten our mission. So what is it? What in your life are you not willing to count as a loss for the sake of Christ? What loss are you not willing to suffer, in order to gain Christ?
If knowledge is your stumbling block, I want to encourage you that there are great resources available. Tracts are a great place to start. YouTube has several videos of skilled preachers debating and sharing God’s Word, in a way, that you can do it too. The most empowering thing to a Christian woman, is not worldly achievements, status and what parts of your body, you have control over, but rather, being empowered by the Word. There is scripture to refute every worldview and religion. There is literally nothing new under the sun. Study all the great and wonderful things of God that we can attain, expose idolatry in false religions, expose the teachings of heretics, own it, get nerdy with it, and share the Gospel! (Ephesians 5:11) We are commanded to. (Matthew 28:16-20; 1Peter 3:15)
If we want to reform, sharing the Gospel must be central to our mission. It is the only reason, that we can count gain as a loss, for the sake of Christ!