One of the reasons many of us are hesitant to share the Gospel with others is that we feel we are ineffective at doing this. Fear of failure discourages us from trying. We are afraid of failing. If our best efforts at sharing the Gospel aren’t good enough why try at all? I feel pretty confident to say that anyone who has ever shared the Gospel with someone has felt this way. Let me encourage you to continue to share the Gospel by reminding you of this great truth. We never fail when we share the Gospel with someone. The only way we fail is when we fail to try. We see this truth several places in Scripture.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’”Romans 1:16-17 (NKJV)
Paul could not be made ashamed of the Gospel because he was confident it is the power of God that leads to salvation for all who believe. One of the great things about Paul is that he wasn’t confident in himself. Paul made it clear that his success in ministry was not due to his outstanding skills as a speaker. There were two things that made Paul successful, the power of the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit.
In the Gospel message there is divine authoritative power that can do what no other power on earth can do. It can change lives by bringing them to the salvation that is found in Jesus Christ. All they have to do is believe.
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV) Where is the power? In God’s Word. Who makes it effective? God does. There is something particularly freeing about knowing that the power and authority comes from God’s Word and not our eloquence and skill.
“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?” 1 Corinthians 3:5 (NKJV) The church in Corinth has broken up into factions that were built around which church leader they preferred. Some were saved under Paul’s ministry while others were saved under Apollos ministry. Paul makes a point to tell the Corinthians that he and Apollos simply did the work that the Lord gave them.
He goes on to say, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (NKJV) The work that God had given Paul and Apollos to do was to plant and water. That was their God given responsibility. We are not responsible to save the lost or change lives. Our only responsibility is to be faithful in sharing the Gospel.
Finally Paul says, “Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:8-9 (NKJV) When we are faithful to do our part in planting and watering we are working together with God and we will be rewarded for the work we do. We won’t be rewarded based on how many souls we saved or how many lives we changed, because ultimately we don’t save a soul or change a life. Instead we will be rewarded based on how faithful we were in sharing the Gospel.
You see, God doesn’t expect us to save souls and change lives. That’s His responsibility. That’s His job. However we must be faithful to work with God by sharing the Gospel. Be confident and courageous as you share the Gospel because regardless of how the person responds, you can’t fail.