1 Corinthians 9:11
February 4, 2001
Re: Evangelism Is of First Importance
What is the most loving thing You can do? The Most loving thing You can do is share the Love of Jesus Christ with another person. Jesus wants us to take time in our week to go out and share Jesus. He wants all Christians to do this. Sharing Jesus is not a gift, it is the most loving thing you can do. It is because of your obedience to God in this that he is blessing you with your songs. But if you ever stop obeying the Lord in this, I guarantee you, the songs will stop. Jesus said "Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return" (Luke 6:38).
Also, I donít agree that you havenít led anyone to the Lord. What about Mike in Florida? And the females on the net who prayed with you to accept Jesus. You donít know who was legitimate and who wasnít. That is the way it is. The Bible says only God knows those who are his.
"Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, ĎThe Lord knows those who are His,í and ĎLet everyone who names the name of the Lord abstain from wickedness.í" (2 Timothy 2:19)
John, Godís command to you as a believer is to share with people what it means to be a Christian and how to become one. If your doing this, your doing what he wants. What they do with the message is Godís responsibility. Your not a failure because people donít accept the message, but you are planting seeds which in time will bring them to Christ. In time if you are obedient to the Lord, you will see fruit, but it will come in ways you donít expect, in ways you never conceived. Paul wrote,
"I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are Godís fellow workers; you are Godís field, Godís building." (1 Corinthians 3:6-9)
John, God is blessing you according to your labor. that is why he has given you these songs. When I asked him what to send you, he told me to send you as many tracts and books as I could. He wants you doing evangelism; and so you can give them to other Christians so they too will share Jesus.
John, Christians donít like doing what is unpleasant anymore than any other human being, so they work at finding reasons to not get involved in evangelism, but look at America, at the world! This was not Godís plan. If the church as a whole was obeying Him, spreading the Word, things wouldnít be the way they are.
John, maturity is coming to the place of saying to yourself, "I will do this because it is right, it is love, not because it makes me popular, not because it makes people like me; but because I love them, because it is the right and loving thing to do." John, you want to know what I am all about? This is what I am all about. The only question I ask is "Jesus, what is the right and loving thing for me to do?" I donít have to ask Jesus whether I need to go out and share Jesus during my week. People without Jesus go to hell forever. When I was young I had many Christian friends to go with. As the years passed they came up with all kinds of excuses for not doing it. Those people have compromised everything for a buck, for a new car. If you obey the devil He will bless you too, but his blessing is the blessing of death. When you die, his blessing stays behind. Only Godís blessings leads to life and they come when we obey Him (Acts 5:32); and the only thing we can bring with us when we die is the people we allowed Jesus to draw to Himself through us.
What do you need to do? You need to do what I did when I was your age. When I knew what was the right thing to do, I prayed and made a commitment to Jesus. I said,
"Jesus, I commit my free time to the spread of the Gospel and to the development of my abilities to that end until I die period. I acknowledge you in that commitment and ask for Your grace, strength and power to live it out until I die or you return."
John, I have lived that commitment out ever since. If you make that commitment, Jesus will bless you, show you who you are, bless and gift you like you never thought possible.
"Then Jesus said to His disciples, Ďif anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his soul shall lose it; but whoever loses his soul for My sake shall find it. For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?í" (Matthew 16:24-26)
When you obey Jesus and go out and share Jesus with men, you have to put your soul aside to do it, your own desires. Jesus says in this passage, if you will do this, He will show you who you are, he will give you the soul life he created you to have just as he has been doing by give you these songs. He is giving you a soul life, a purpose, gifts.
But lets say your music took off and you had an album and you got big and stopped humbling yourself before God and your brethren and stopped taking time in your week to go out and share the love of Jesus with people. Well you might be rich and popular, but you will be telling your brethren that what is the most important thing in this life is being popular and rich, not sharing Jesus with men so they can be saved and go to heaven. John, people wonít get to heaven if you publish an album. There is only one way they will get to heaven; by what they do with Jesus, and there is only one way they will know what to do with Jesus, when you and I go out and share with them what they need to do with Jesus. If Jesus blesses you with an album and you make money, it will be for one reason and one reason only: so you can use that money to buy books, print tracts and whatever else you need so you can spread the Gospel.
Evangelism is the foundation of the church. Without it, there is no church, the church dies. Evangelism is the life of the church. The buildings can go, Sunday school can go, because people donít get to heaven by having buildings or by having Sunday school. They get to heaven by what they do with Jesus, by surrender to Him as Savior and Lord. And the only way they come to know that is when you and I go out and share it with them. Nothing is more important! Nothing!!! You know this. Donít let any Christian or minister tell you otherwise. A Christian who tells you otherwise is a Christian who has aspired but not attained. That is a Christian without a soul. Jesus is life! And only when we are sharing him are we giving life and gaining life, not at any anyother time.
"And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ĎAll authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. GO THEREFORE and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.í" (Matthew 28:18-20)
"Do you not say, ĎThere are yet four months and then comes the harvestí? Behold, I say to You, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest." (John 4:35)
"And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vainófor He says, ĎAt the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped youí; behold, NOW is Ďthe acceptable time,í behold, NOW is ĎThe day of salvation.í" (2 Corinthians 6:1-2)
John, make copies of this and send this to Your Christian friends, get the word out!
Sincerely in Jesus,
Dale P. Kruse