Thursday, April 25, 2013

Salvation and Stuff

"I'm a little concerned right now about your salvation and stuff."
How will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? --Hebrews 2:3a NASB

The Quote

The Scripture

The writer of Hebrews at the beginning of the book is primarily concerned with the preeminence of Christ in light of the things that have come before. Christ is greater than the prophets, because the prophets made reference to him. Christ is greater than the angels, because the angels are just facilitators for his purpose. And what was his purpose in this world? To redeem his creation.

By this logic, since Christ is the preeminent creature (used with respect) to ever grace this planet, his purpose should also be the preeminent purpose for his followers. Christ came to redeem all creation and has given us the task of spreading his gospel to mankind (Matthew 28:19). We should always be concerned for the salvation of our colleagues, friends and neighbors because that is what concerns our Christ.

If we truly consider ourselves to be followers of Christ, we must have a desire to share his gospel with others.

The Application

The video clips shows Nacho taking active steps toward bringing his new friend/colleague, Esqueleto, to faith. This illustrates the fact that spreading the gospel is an active thing, it is not a passive hobby. Yes, we should dowse the situation in prayer. Yes we should be sensitive to the Spirit's leading. Yes, we should gauge he situation and ensure that it is appropriate. But spreading the gospel means decisive action.

No, I do not mean we need to stand up on our desks and preach from John 3, though there may be an appropriate time for that. I am saying that we need to live the gospel and let it shine through our daily actions. This display should be a constant portrait of what the gospel does in a life. How do people know we are Christ's disciples? We love one another. Live a life of love.

But how can people believe without hearing or even hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14) We can live out love all we want, at some point the gospel must be articulated. Again, these things must be done with tact--unlike Nacho from the video clip. Are we concerned enough to speak out when the time comes?

This assumes that you know the gospel and can articulate the message clearly. Perhaps some study now will be necessary for that future moment. Take the time to learn, so that you will have an answer for the hope that is within you. (1 Peter 3:15) Remember, at the heart of all this is the desire to please our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who left us with this hope to share with the world.

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