I deliver to you what I received

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“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3)(ESV).

What did Paul do after he became a Christian? He shared the gospel with others; wherever he went, whatever the circumstances, no matter the barriers. He shared the gospel.

God made us for himself. We chose our own way and were lost to him in sin. But out of the abundance of love He had for us, God sent Jesus.

Jesus is THE way, THE truth, and THE life. Jesus is the only means of redemption and reconciliation with God.

This is the message that every ear needs to hear. Yet, how do people hear it? What is God’s plan for communicating this message to the world?

Believers, it is you and me. We are responsible to God for being what Paul calls “the ministry of reconciliation.”

2 Cor. 5:20 says, “we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.”

You and I are Christians today because someone or maybe many people acted as ambassadors for Christ in our lives. They shared the gospel with us and the Holy Spirit led us to a realization of our sin and separation from God and our need for a Savior in Christ.

Where would we be today if no one had shared this message with us?

What are we doing to ensure that others don’t go any longer without hearing it?

When I was in Guatemala last week, I watched a church in action, on mission to literally take the gospel into the nearby Mayan villages, where many have literally NEVER heard the name of Jesus, much less the story of the extent of God’s love for us.

While that is amazing in its own right, it also occurs to me that there are people right here in my own community who have not the slightest notion of God’s free gift of salvation in Christ.

My mission field begins here with the many who are trying to fill that God-shaped hole in their hearts with things that are destined to fall short.

Jesus paid it all for us and He wants us to know that, to trust in that, to rest in his peace.

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