05. I COMMIT TO BEING A MESSENGER OF HIS LOVE.
This is ultimately what is going to change the world – sharing one-on-one the good news of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:19-20 ”For God was in Christ, restoring the world to Himself. This is the wonderful message He has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors. God is using us to speak to others.”
Did you know you’re an ambassador? What is an ambassador? Somebody who represents somebody else, your country, or whatever. The Bible says when you become a believer, you become an ambassador for Jesus Christ.
You are the only Bible some people will ever read. For people around you, you may be the only Christian they ever know, they’re ever close to and talk to. We are to share the wonderful message He’s given us, to tell others.
What’s the best news you’ve ever heard? The best news I’ve ever heard is this – that everything I’ve ever done wrong could be completely forgiven and that I didn’t have to earn my way to heaven but it was a free gift and all I had to do was accept it by faith when I opened my life up to Christ.
That is the greatest news I’ve ever heard. The world is dying to hear that. The world is far more ready to receive that news than we are ready to share it.
Jesus Christ is the best news in the world. People need to know that their sins can be forgiven, that God loves them and has a plan for their life and that heaven is a free gift when we open up and accept God’s gift in faith based on Christ.
It’s pretty simple. It’s not that hard! You don’t have to be a theologian to share it. God loves you. He has a plan for your life and Jesus is the way to heaven. Simple. You can be forgiven and He has a thing called grace that will help you through life. Everybody needs to hear that message.
As we move into the last days – there is only one sign of the times that we need to be concerned about. Matthew 24:14. So if you want Jesus Christ to come back soon, go start witnessing. It’s interesting that when Jesus, on His last day, when He was getting ready to go back to heaven, the disciples came to Him and said, “Tell us, Lord, what shall be the signs of Thy coming and the end of the age.”
They’re asking a prophecy question. They’re asking – when are You going to come back. Jesus said in the next verse “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons [translation: It’s none of your business.] But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be witnesses [telling your personal story] of Me in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the world.”
They were in Jerusalem. He said you will start in your home town, then you go to Judea – that’s the county next door – then you go to Samaria – that’s the people who are different from you. Then you go to the whole world. Ever expanding circles.
They wanted to ask a question about prophecy and His second coming and Jesus said forget that. It’s more important to think about evangelism, more important to talk about outreach, more important to talk about your life mission, more important to talk about sharing the good news with people who haven’t heard it yet.
The reason Jesus is waiting to come back is that not everybody has heard and not everybody has been saved that are going to accept it.
2 Peter 3:15 “Remember why He is waiting. He is giving us time to get His message of salvation out to others.” Every time you tell somebody about Jesus, share the Good News, and they come to Christ, you’re not only helping change the world, you’re taking history a step further to fulfillment.
These are the five commitments that God put in our hearts to make so we would fulfill the five purposes He put us on earth to fulfill. These are five purposes, which are taken from the Great Commandment, and the Great Commission define what it means to be a fully committed Christian. How committed are you? Are you committed to one or two of these? Are you committed to three or four of these? Or are you committed to all five? Are you half committed, casually committed, or are you totally committed?
God is looking for people to use in this world. He’ll use you. He will use you to make a difference if you’ll make a total commitment of your life. I invited you to become a world changer by making these five life commitments.
And you won’t be doing it on your own. The purpose of Life Fellowship is to help you. Everything we do in this church is to help people fulfill one of these five commitments. Everything.
We have dozens and dozens of opportunities to help you fulfill these commitments. I know some of you are thinking, “I’d like to make these commitments but I’m afraid. I’m afraid that if I totally commit my life to Christ I’ll become a fanatic or I’m going to lose all my freedom or I’m not going to have any more fun.
So I just hold back. Or I’m afraid I won’t be able to keep those commitments. The Bible says “God is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.” He’ll do the keeping.
You say, “I’m afraid if I make these commitments I’ll fall and I’ll fail and I’ll stumble.” You will. God doesn’t ask for perfection. He asks for commitment. He says these are the things I put you on earth to do, would you do them? Make that kind of commitment.
You say, “I’m afraid. I guess I don’t love God enough. I don’t love Jesus enough.” That’s not your problem. The problem isn’t that you don’t love Jesus enough. The problem is you don’t realize how much He loves you.
If you did, you wouldn’t have any problems with commitment. If you really understood how much God loves you. He values you and made you for a purpose. He’s watched every moment of your life and wants what is best for you. You’re not really living until you’re doing God’s purpose for your life. You’re just existing.
“You need to better understand how much God loves you.”
The ultimate expression of God’s love is when Jesus stretched out His hands on the cross and said, “I love you this much.”