Daily Good News – Go Tell
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Aug 25, 2015 1163
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15, NIV).
The gospel is a centrifuge. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15, NIV). The proclamation of the gospel can never ever be separated from the good news of the gospel. The gospel is never a message that exists in and of itself; it is a message that is good news only when it is shared. Romans 10:14 says, “How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Through the message of the gospel, the love of God radiates out to all creation.
The force of the gospel centrifuge radiates out irresistibly from the cross of Christ. It is only when the gospel (the “good news”) has gone out, so that Christ is lifted up before the world, that the souls of men and women can be drawn in to Jesus (John 12:32). We must “go” before people can “come.” That’s why the word “go” is in the word “gospel” and the word “come” isn’t. The “going” must always comes first.
Unfortunately, too many Christians believe in the “Comespel” and not the “Gospel.” They want people to “come” without they themselves having first “gone.” And so in their churches and groups they expect that people will simply come them. They don’t sit idle; not at all – they often run all kinds programmes and hope that people will come to these. There’s nothing wrong with that. But where is the “going?” Where is the irresistible centrifugal force of the gospel that compels every believer to “go”?
The gospel is the good news – an event of cosmic proportions that empowers the great commission to GO! The gospel is the good news that Christ has done all that was required for the salvation of people everywhere, and that all are accepted by God if they believe in the name of the Son of God. And the gospel has its own irresistible centrifugal force that radiates from the cross of Christ, which compels every believer, both as part of a church and as an individual, to GO!
To treat the gospel as some kind of intellectual theological exercise, or as merely some kind of personal mantra that is irrelevant to how we live, or to ignore its irresistible calling on our lives to Go!, is to not have understood the gospel at all.
So let’s do a quick reality check: Do you believe in the Gospel, or the Comespel?