This post will discuss the urgency of the gospel
The passing of my two friends has left me reflecting on the urgency of the gospel.
One year ago, a dear friend in my master’s cohort suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. Two weeks ago, another good friend from my master’s program died. Both were not Christians. I had no idea of this fact until after they passed away. I saw the funeral arrangements and felt like someone had gutted me in two.
These losses hurt deeply yet also provide an opportunity to consider the importance of evangelism in this world and how easy it is to get swept up in life’s distractions and neglect what matters most—sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
I regret not witnessing Jesus to them; why did I keep so busy? Why was I unable or unwilling to pause and discern the need for sharing the gospel? Did my love for them demonstrate the love of Christ?
I’m currently in a state of guilt and regret. I can’t help but think about what my two friends’ eternal destination is like. Did they accept Jesus before their passing? I want to believe that they did, but the truth is that I don’t know for sure.
The urgency to spread the gospel
The urgent nature of the Gospel can no longer be ignored.
As believers, we are responsible for spreading the gospel and sharing His goodness with others.
This burden weighs heavy on me every day as I recall not doing enough (or anything) to proclaim the message of salvation when I had the chance.
Scripture repeatedly speaks of how we ought to prioritize sharing the good news of Jesus Christ:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14).
It is my sincere hope and prayer that both of my friends accepted Jesus before their passing.
The Bible says in Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” I sincerely hope they chose to accept this free gift of salvation.
Whatever the outcome, I must remember that God knows the heart and has called us to spread His love regardless of the situation.
Now a quick disclaimer is that I understand that we are not called to everyone, but honestly, I think I would have done something in both situations.
Through this experience, I am reminded yet again why we are entrusted with the task of proclaiming His goodness with urgency and hope. We know not when our own day of judgment will be. Let us use this as a reminder to always remember the urgency and importance of sharing the gospel with others. May God grant us all the courage and strength to do so.
Heavenly Father, open my eyes to recognize those who I’m called to witness to!
Please help me to be more intentional and less distracted in sharing your gospel. Let my words be filled with grace and truth, that others may feel compelled by the power of your Holy Spirit—just as you drew me unto yourself.
Give me the boldness to speak what You have placed on my heart and clarity so people can understand Your message. Show me how to lead a lost soul back to You through my actions and through Your Word.
Enable me to recognize opportunities that come with divine appointments, brief moments when I can share hope, faith, healing, and love in Jesus’ name!
May I be equipped to reach out with urgency, so that many will be saved.
In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
And that’s it, folks, my lamentations on the urgency of the gospel
It is easy to become complacent in our faith, especially when we are surrounded by other believers. But we must never forget the urgency of sharing the Gospel with others.
As Christians, it is our duty to spread God’s love to everyone around us so that all may have a chance at salvation and everlasting life with Him.
We must take every opportunity to witness to those around us and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Let us never forget that time is running out, and the urgency of the gospel must be proclaimed.
Romans 1:16, , “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.”
2 thoughts on “Lamentations: The Urgency of the Gospel (Raw & Emotional)”
Heather, I joint you in that prayer. It is easy to get complacent but may we be intentional in sharing the gospel with others.
I am sorry for the loss of your friends. I hope that they did accept the Lord as their saviour.
May the Lord embolden and empower you with his grace and through the spirit to reach those he places in your path.
important reminder of the urgency for souls to come to know Christ and that today is the day for salvation