Many Believers love on people by telling them how precious they are, help them out with things they need doing, and even say a prayer to bless them but never actually preach the Gospel to them. They try to explain that doing acts of love is synonymous with preaching the Gospel and that they can preach with actions rather than words.
WE MUST PREACH THE GOSPEL
Mark 16:15 – “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'”
Acts of love are needed but they do not replace preaching the Gospel. Buying food for the homeless, carrying shopping bags for old ladies, showing care and love to the young and healthy and ministering to the sick and disabled are great occasions to love — to introduce the ones in front of us to the One who taught us how to love — Jesus. Share about the Gospel — Jesus’ death and resurrection and how receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior by faith and repentance from sin can bring them into salvation.
While it is true that we can’t force people into the Kingdom but we must be confident in the Holy Spirit to believe He is already convicting the hearts of the ones we are speaking to and be BOLD to speak the Gospel message and give them the occasion to receive the Lord.
The full Gospel for which the Lord died for must be preached. The ones we regularly interact with but never actually minister the Gospel to if unsaved, when they die, will go to Hell – despite our loving on them!
THE JOY OF SALVATION
Many times on street outreaches, we bless people with prophetic words and even offer to pray for their sicknesses, but again this does not replace preaching the Gospel of salvation. These are many ways to open up people’s hearts to hear the Gospel yet, the prophetic or healing words themselves do not save anyone. They are great tools to open up hearts to the Father’s love but are never meant to be used as an end in itself but rather as a means to an end.
The salvation of the soul is the ultimate goal. Even if you don’t have a prophetic or healing word for the one in front of you, be encouraged to be bold to preach the message of salvation in love and power to them because the Gospel has more than enough power to turn people to Jesus.
Let us be restored to the joy of our salvation. Remember that wonderful moment the Lord saved you and be joyful to bring others into the experience of salvation you have. What a joy to bring multitudes into Heaven with us as we understand the urgency of the times we live in.
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY