“Finally, brothers, pray for us that the Lord’s message may be spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not all have faith.” (2 Thes. 3:1-2)
Sometimes we as Christians adopt the idea that not all believers in Christ need to share their faith. I’m not sure where we get this idea. Maybe it’s because sharing our faith can be hard and uncomfortable, and we all tend to want to take the path of least resistance. I’m guilty in that I adopted this idea for my first seven years as a Christian. When we live this way, we say things like this: “I don’t think we need to push our beliefs on others. We need to respect everyone’s beliefs.” “My spiritual gift isn’t evangelism.” “Everyone is on their own spiritual journey. We need to let everyone find their own path.”
The thought that we shouldn’t push our beliefs on others doesn’t come from God, and we won’t find it in the Bible. When we read passages like Matthew 28:18-20 and this passage from 2 Thessalonians, it’s clear that God does require us to share the message of salvation with everyone who isn’t experiencing it. To God, it’s a matter of life or death. Those who know God are spiritually alive, and those who don’t are spritually dead. “This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent – Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3)
How are you doing at spreading God’s Word? What family members and friends in your life don’t have eternal life?
Spend some time thanking God for the people who planted seeds in your life and made it possible for you to hear the good news of Christ. Spend some time praying for the people in your life who don’t know God, and make a commitment to pray for them daily. Ask the Lord to help you find opportunities to have spiritual conversations with your loved ones. Real joy can only be found in Christ, and each of us has the privilege of sharing this joy and spreading God’s Word so that everyone has the opportunity to know him.