By Lazarus Muoka
ROMANS 10:1-2 says: “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.”
No one who claimed to be a Christian should feel comfortable because he is saved. He is expected to desire and pray that others should be saved, for our religious obligation is to ensure that others are saved. He should not rejoice because he is the only one going to heaven while millions of other people are going to hell fire and among these people are his neighbours and friends.
Such rejoicing is contrary to the will of God for it is not the will of God that any should perish. He does not desire it, and His patience towards sinners proves that He is willing that they should be saved. That is why He commissioned us to go into the world and preach to all creatures that they might be saved. Anybody who claims to be a disciple of Jesus and ignore this injunction is a false disciple because those who are saved by grace must not be reminded of their responsibility to serve the Lord.
Mark 16:15 says, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
If you know you are saved by His grace and born again, you are among those commissioned by Christ to go into the world and preach the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to all without limitation. You are to proclaim the good tidings of Christ crucified, died and raised from the dead to all so that they shall through Him be saved. The essence of the divine commission is that we believers should through preaching the gospel of salvation bring all to Christ.
I Corinthian 9:16 says: “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel.”
After he received the commission from Christ, Paul the Apostle told the Corinthians that necessity has been laid upon him to preach the gospel. He was no longer counting whether it was convenient for him to preach or not, what he knew was that he could no longer refrain from preaching. He concluded that his life would be miserable if he did not preach and his heart would be in pain because God would frown at him.
The same degree of necessity is laid upon every believer to preach. It does not matter what your vocation is, as long as you are a believer, the calling of God must hem in your goings, and constrains you to become an ambassador of the cross. You must feel wretched in any other profession even if such profession is surrounded by wealth, honours, pleasures, or fashion.
If you are born again your heart will be occupied with how to bring others to Christ. The circumstances of po-verty, illiteracy, persecution, peril, sickness, etc must not discourage you from ensuring that others are saved. A Christian whose heart is not in the ministry of preaching the gospel, and who would be happy when not preaching, is not fit to be an ambassador of Christ.
Unless a believer’s heart is occupied with the urge to preach he will find it difficult to convert a soul. A believer who abandons preaching and devote himself to other vocation when he is expected to preach, has not really been saved by grace. If you claim to be a believer, and you are not preaching to your backslidden friends, unbelieving colleagues or supporting the work of God, then you are not really saved by grace.
Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
Apostle Paul determined to preach the gospel to the people in Jerusalem told fellow disciples that no threat to his life would discourage him from his avowed resolution to preach the gospel also in Jerusalem so that they may be saved. Nothing shall hinder us from preaching the gospel for we are converted to bring others to Christ.
Brethren, if we say that we are in Christ, we should not relax becau-se we are saved or members of our families are saved and are going to heaven. We should not rejoice for being the only people going to heaven while millions of other people are going to hell fire and among these people are our neighbours and friends. Such rejoicing is contrary to the will of God.
I Timothy 2:3-4 says: “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
It is the will of God that all men should be saved. This is in accordance with His benevolent nature and He made ample provision for it. He does not want anybody to perish. If men perish, it is because they refused to come to the Lord for salvation; not that the Lord is not willing to save them.
John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God gave Jesus to the whole world that they might be saved. It is never His will that any soul should perish. He loves every soul and wants everybody to be saved. He does not have pleasure in the death or destruction of any sinner.
Before the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ the entire world was in ruin, and exposed to the wrath of God. All men were in a hopeless condition until God gave His Son. Man had no claim on Him; it was a gift, an undeserved gift. It is for all the world that the Son of God tasted death and that sacrifice was the only mean by which the redemption of man could be affected, and it is absolutely sufficient to accomplish this gracious design.
I Peter 3:9 says: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” This is the mind of God. It is not His will that any should perish. If we claim to be Children of God, it therefore behoves on us to respect the will of our Master. We must do everything to ensure that all are saved. So, our salvation and joy will not be completed until others are saved.
Beloved, we must have the mind of our Master Jesus Christ who wishes all to be saved. All we do must be geared toward ensuring that others might be saved. The increase in armed robbery, prostitution, cultism etc is as a result of our inability to keep to our divine commission. If we are to meet the demand of the grace upon us as believers, we must ensure that others are saved. We should not be contented until we bring others to Christ.