This is on the back of a Starbucks coffee cup. What a great way to tell people about the Gospel!
The Bible says in Matthew 28:18-20 or otherwise known as The Great Commission:
The Great Commission
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I thought back then that this command was exclusive only to the religious leaders whose job primarily is to preach the Gospel. After that, I thought all we have to do is sit back, relax, grow old and die and go to heaven.
But when I started reading the Bible and attended Bible studies a few years ago, I learned that this is a command given by Jesus to all His followers. So, if you claim to be one of His followers, this command is for you.
Then he (Jesus) said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37).
I believe that the whoever thought of that Starbucks design was really intent in sharing the Gospel and that indeed, is in line with the command of Jesus to preach the Gospel. It’s definitely a start. To create awareness. That part of the text was in fact taken from the Purpose-Driven life book by Rick Warren. If you haven’t read that book yet, it’s an eye-opener and you would really know your purpose in life. Grab that book and let God speak to you.
There are many ways to share the Gospel to the world. It can be traditional or it can be creative like the photo above. But it is not really my intention to enumerate the ways to share the Gospel as they are practically seen all over the world. In my mind, however, nothing beats sharing the Gospel by a transformed life. Let the Word of God change you. It’s not easy to live in this world as a Christian but that’s where the grace of God comes in to sustain you. When others see that your life has been changed by God then they might believe you when you share the Gospel to them. So I think that’s the best and most effective way of sharing the Gospel. You walk the talk, so to speak.
The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Think about it. If you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Personal Lord and Savior, then your old ways should have gone long ago. The old ways or your old life has something to do with what you were before you received the Lord Jesus Christ to take control of your life. Example, back then, you love to cuss, curse, engage in coarse talk, lie, cheat on your wife or girlfriend, bribe, etc. If you find that your old ways are still there in your life, then maybe you need to check your heart for God looks at the heart if you are really born again. Being born again means to shun evil and renewing your mind (do not think like the world does) and surrendering your life to Christ by obeying His commandments. I know it’s easier said than done but it will be if you will try to do it on your own (performance-based). The truth is, when Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, He sent forth the Holy Spirit to be our Great Counselor and Comforter, to be with us. So, when you have become born again, let the Holy Spirit dwell in you so that the fruits of the Holy Spirit shall manifest in your life.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
You see, the Bible does not promote religion. If we have to be a smart-aleck about this. Yes, what I’m discussing is about Spirituality and thus should be categorized under Religion but no, it’s not about religion. God does not care what religion you have or belong to. He is really after you having a personal relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.
For salvation can only be achieved by confessing our sins and accepting and receiving Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Personal Lord and Savior. And from hereon, you try to live like Christ, ie be Christ-like in thoughts, words, and actions. Living a Christian life is a process. So while you’re still living here on earth, it’s a battle between the spiritual forces of good and evil. It is my prayer then that when my life comes to an end, I can say that:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)
The above illustration is the only prescription of salvation according to the Word of God and is best defined by the biblical verse below:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The Bible is all about Jesus. Receive Him in your heart today and let Him transform you. God bless you.