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Sharing the Gospel

"On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.  We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts."   1 Thessalonians 2:4

 

Over the past couple of years, I have enjoyed using this blog to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Many of the words used in this blog came from personal circumstances in my home, in my church, and in my community.  I believe that God's Word is vital in our lives.  It is essential, just as the air we breathe is essential or the water we drink or the food we eat.  I believe Jesus' words in John 10:10, where He says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."  I believe God's words in John 1:1-5, where He says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.  In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."  Through this blog, I have tried to share Jesus with anyone and everyone who would listen.  In essence, I was sharing the gospel.  I was sharing the Word of God, which is life and light.

Paul was a man who loved to tell the story of Jesus.  He was a man who loved sharing the gospel.  In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-6, Paul says, "You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.  We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition.  For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.  On the contrary, we speak as men approved by god to be entrusted with the gospel.  We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.  You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed - God is our witness.  We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else."  That is why Paul could say in Romans 1:14-16, "I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.  That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.  I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile."  Paul's life was transformed by Jesus Christ!  Paul's life was transformed by the Word of God!  Therefore, Paul could not help but to share the gospel of Jesus  Christ with everyone.  Paul could not help but to share the Word of God with everyone.  He had no hidden agenda.  He was not looking for the satisfaction of man.  Paul was sharing the gospel because of the abundant life he was given through Jesus Christ and through the Word of God.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this avenue of sharing the gospel.  This blog has allowed me to preach the good news of Jesus to many people...people I don't even know personally.  I am thankful to God for what He has done to me and through me because of Jesus and because of His Word.  As Paul said, "I am not ashamed of the gospel!"  Thank you for listening to the Word of God through my blog.  I am sad to say that for now I am not feeling led to continue this blog any longer.  I will continue to preach the good news of Jesus in my home, in my church, and in my community.  I will continue to read God's Word and share it with anyone and everyone who will listen.  My prayer is that you will read God's Word daily.  I pray that you will not only hear the Word, but as James says, "Do what it says!"  I pray that you, too, will share the Word of God with anyone and everyone who will listen.  As you walk with Him, enjoy His presence in your life.  He has come so that you may have life to the full!  And remember what Nehemiah 8:10 says: "For the joy of the Lord is your strength."  Believe it!  Claim it!  Live it!  My final words are my favorite words that I have shared with you through this daily blog: I pray that you will not only be blessed but that you will also be a blessing!

Your friend and fellow Christ follower,

Jeff Thomas

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