Are You Eager to Preach the Gospel?
“So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’” Romans 1:15-17 ESV
I am eager to preach the gospel to you. This phrased jabbed my heart with conviction. Am I eager to preach the gospel? In writing, I love to proclaim the gospel and make gospel connections to my topics, but when I am face-to-face with people I know don’t believe the gospel, I am terrified of anything related to the Bible. The thought of sharing the gospel with those who scowl and turn their nose up at it makes me tongue-tied. Though the words to say are in my mind, they have trouble escaping my mouth.
But Paul says he was eager. Where did he find such eagerness to preach the gospel? He didn’t find it growing his platform or increasing his convert list. Paul declares that his eagerness and boldness comes from the gospel itself—knowing that it is the power of God for salvation and in it, the righteousness of God is revealed. Shame is completely crushed when Paul thinks about the grandeur of the gospel and the glory of God.
If we focus on the possibility of rejection or ridicule from others when we preach the gospel to them, we will definitely be filled with fear and shame. But if our focus is the power of the gospel and the beautiful message of salvation, we can turn that fear into courage, knowing that all the glory belongs to God—not us. When we see that God is the one with the power to change, and we are simply a mouthpiece, then we can have the same unashamed attitude as Paul.
God, please help me to be more courageous in sharing the gospel with others. Give me an eagerness like Paul to share the truth of Christ with others. Help me to lose sight of my fears of failure and shame, and instead focus on the beauty and power of the gospel.
Are you eager to preach the gospel? What fears cause you to hold back or feel ashamed? How can you focus on the gospel to leave behind those feelings?
I encourage you to spend some time in Romans this week and saturate your mind with the truth of the gospel.