“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Jesus says this to the church he calls lukewarm and threatens to spit out of his mouth. These people tell Christ, they are rich. They can fend for themselves. However, Christ knows they are poor, pitiful, and weak without Him. He continues to stand at the door of their heart and knock, hoping they let Him in. We must continuously share the Gospel, as Christ does. We must be ready to take offense, insult, evil committed wrongly against us, but know our great reward is in Heaven. This will allow us to share the Gospel to everyone around us with patient endurance.
The Gospel is a message of radiant beauty that as a church we have begun to unpack over the last several weeks. It is a message of immeasurable power that the Bible says “Even angels long to look into these things.” “These things” refers to everything the prophets prophesied about Jesus Christ and his life. As we continue to teach, preach, and participate in Life Groups together, our body will continue to explore and unpack the Gospel and why it changes everything. We need to be challenged to take the Gospel and share it with the world around us.
Let’s continue to be a church that opens up to the world around us. Continue to be a body that invites neighbors over for dinner to love them. Continue to feed the community. Continue to build ramps for the needy and desperate. Continue to invite guests and welcome them so lovingly. We are inviting people into the greatest news they have ever received. The gospel has power in itself. We do not give it power or add to its power but Christ always uses his people to share it. So, go and share the news that Christ lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died, so that God would receive you, not for your record or your sake but for Jesus’ record and Jesus’ sake.