by NM

There are broken and hurting people searching for hope who do not want to hear about
Jesus. There are people who believe that Jesus has nothing to offer them. There are
people who feel guilt and shame over choices they’ve made and do not believe God will
offer them forgiveness. There are even people who have come to know and believe in
Jesus and then stopped believing because life didn’t get any easier.

So why do we preach the gospel? Because even though most people don’t recognize it
immediately, God’s loving word is the one thing every single one of us need.

Preaching the gospel to a world that doesn’t want to hear is not an easy task, but for us
who believe, it is our collective responsibility.
The thing is, we live in a world that has become accustomed to instant gratification. We
all want to be happy and we associate happiness with a certain amount of ease.

This has made it even more difficult to be happy as a Christian or consider becoming one. Living
life as a Christian isn’t easy and Jesus never promised that it would be. In fact, he
promised the opposite— When speaking with his disciples, He promised that they would
have trials in this world (John 16:33). “But take heart!” He told them, “I have overcome
the world.”

Jesus warned that all who follow Him must deny themselves and bear a daily cross (Luke
9:23). Hardship is inevitable, but hardship with a purpose, leading to the joy of the Lord.
As followers of Christ we will face resistance from the world, it was already written. “In
fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2
Timothy 3:12).

But this should not bring down or slow us down. We should never give up trying to
spread the loving word of God. Because we know that even though this journey isn’t
easy, the difficulties do not negate the joy. We remember Jesus, who “for the joy set
before him … endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the
throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). God has set us free from slavery to sin. The victory is
ours (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Now through the Holy Spirit, we receive encouragement, strength to persevere, and
reminders of our adoption into the family of God. We know that our “present sufferings
are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed” (Romans 8:18).

And therefore we will continue with the work we have been sent here for, we will
continue to spread the word of God, even when we are opposed. No, we will not force it
down anyone’s throat.

We will just let them know that God loves them.

We will tell them that Jesus died for them. That they are already forgiven. That they can have the kind of peace and joy that surpasses all human understanding. We will just be the light they need until they’re ready to hear about the source of it.

by Nicole Munsami