And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” – Mark 16:15
Aristides, a second-century defender of the Christian faith, once wrote to the Roman Emperor Hadrian about Christ-followers saying, “They love one another. They never fail to help widows; they save orphans from those who would hurt them. If they have something, they give freely to the man who has nothing; if they see a stranger, they take him home, and are happy as though he were a real brother. They don’t consider themselves brothers in the usual sense, but brothers through the Spirit, in God.”
Aristides made a good point. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is good news. It is transformative. It changes the entire individual: his attitudes, her actions, his purpose, and her relationships are all changed. The Gospel will even change a home, a neighborhood, a province, a state, a nation, and yes, even the world, but first, someone has to go “into” and “preach” it.
The question is whether or not, by our actions, the world will ever see the Gospel through us. While we have indeed been set apart, there is no reason for us to be apart from those that need the life-changing message of Christ.
It is not the message of God’s love that most people resist; it is the way many followers of Jesus try to administer it. – Kevin Harney