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October 26, 2012

A hidden benefit of sharing the gospel of Christ

by Dave Malnes

When I ponder sharing the gospel message with others, I find treasures deep inside the pages of God’s Word.  Clues are uncovered to find deeper meanings and hidden benefits of sharing the gospel. One of those hidden benefits is the opportunity to glorify Christ.

We do not necessarily glorify God in the act of witnessing, but by simply responding to the trust that we have in Him. And when more people come to trust in Christ’s promises, then God is glorified even more. Perhaps from this truth, we gain an even deeper understanding behind the great commission to all believers.

“Because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you  in his presence.  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”  (2 Cor. 4:14-15)

All believers are ministers of a new covenant. Rooted in Christ, ministers can’t help but to be messengers. It’s a part of who they are by being in Christ.

These verses from 2 Corinthians are significant. In the prior verse (v. 13), Paul quotes Psalm 116:10 — “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Being ministers of a new and better covenant, believers witness Christ as an outpouring of their faith. Despite threats of persecution and hardship [perhaps even overcoming the fear and discomfort of sharing the message of the gospel], believers speak out of love and thanksgiving for all that Christ has done for them. Out of jars of clay, they speak the treasure of the gospel. And this is done for our benefit and for God’s glory!

Witnessing the message of Christ gains a new perspective because everything else pales in significance. Though we may feel like jars of clay in sharing Christ with others, the message we bring certainly isn’t. Our benefit is that we experience the power of the Holy Spirit while we speak of the gospel treasure within us.

Sharing the gospel of Christ can be considered fearful, but when granted the opportunity its amazingly fulfilling. You walk away experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit in your words.

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