The Gospel Is . . . Day 1 – The Gospel Is Uncomfortable
“We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” (Isaiah 64:6, ESV)
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’” (Matthew 25:41, ESV)
“They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.” (2 Thessalonians 1:9, ESV)
Uncomfortable words and phrases surround us in this broken world. We naturally hate bad news. “You are being let go” or “You have cancer” are terribly uncomfortable pieces of news to receive. They are life-altering and most unwelcome to the ears of the hearer.
I personally hate bad news so much that I seldom watch the news networks. I look for key stories on social media in order to be somewhat informed, but I don’t want a lot of details, and I generally turn away from uncomfortable storylines. But shying away from uncomfortable news does not make it any less real or accurate. The same is true of the gospel message.
No one likes to hear they are a sinner. But even more devastating and uncomfortable is hearing that we are bound for an eternity separated forever from everyone we know and love, and especially from God, in hell and the lake of fire. We love to believe we are “good” and that, maybe, our goodness will allow us into heaven to spend an eternity doing all the fun things we loved to do here on earth. But the Bible tells us this simply isn’t true. Heaven isn’t about us; it’s about worshiping and praising our Father for all He provided for us through His Son, Jesus.
People often shrug off invitations to church services from those who care for their souls. They aren’t interested in hearing a message about coming judgment and the need for repentance and salvation. And so, day after day they ignore the most important warning—the gospel—because they don’t want to face the fact that they are in need of rescue. Instead, they prefer to plod through life serving themselves, refusing a message that tells them they are flawed and need God’s salvation.
As believers, we often keep silent. We are hesitant to share the message because people are not drawn to it, not until they recognize their need. But our approach is key. We cannot expect to approach the lost with an unloving attitude or one of self-righteousness. We have to identify with the lost, remembering our own struggle against our flesh and the sin that kept us captive all the years we spent outside of Christ. We must approach the lost with compassionate care, yet with a willingness to be bold in presenting them with God’s truth.
We must push past our own discomfort and be willing to share this uncomfortable message. The eternal destiny of many we know and love is at stake. May each of us be willing to speak up and find ways to share His message with others. We must reach out into our communities and even social media networks and share the gospel with those around us who need Jesus.