What do I do with this? It is important to understand how salvation comes about, but how does this specifically apply to your life and to my life as we walk with Christ?
- The calling of God produces Christ-like compassion: 1 Corinthians 2:14 “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” Does your heart burn for those who are without Jesus? What should you do about it?
- Be faithful in delivering the gospel message: Romans 10:14-15; Many of you have unsaved people in your family, your workplace or your neighborhood with whom you have built up a relationship. Be faithful in delivering the gospel to these people. That means the actual gospel. Talking about church or politics doesn’t count as sharing the gospel. That whole, “Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words” deal is dumb. Not only is it in doubt that the guy actually said it, but you can’t preach the gospel without using words. No one will get saved by watching you mow your lawn. Some of you have been faithful and you have watched in horror as those with whom you share the gospel push it away time after time. What should you do?
- Trust God to save: Acts 13:48 “And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.” God will save his people. Even if you stumble over your words, even if you use the wrong reference, even if you misquote a passage, it isn’t your calling that saves people. It is God’s calling that saves people. But he uses your calling to call people to himself, so be faithful in delivering the truth of the gospel and trust God to save.