The noblest task
I am amazed to see how many professions greatly benefit humanity! We can talk about some, such as teachers who teach little ones the ABCs, we also have doctors, policemen, firefighters, engineers, farmers and so many other vital functions that save and promote the safety, health and welfare of humanity in this world.
However, there is a select group that strives to generate benefits that go beyond life on Earth. It is made up of people who preach the Good News; they are soul winners for the Kingdom of Heaven.
In a world filled with so much bad news, God Himself elected and commissioned people to proclaim the Gospel, the Living Word that bears in its core the best news the world has ever heard.
It needs to be announced, and urgently because only the Word of God has the power to awaken the faith that saves in man. It is written that the lost can’t be saved without calling on the Name of the LORD. But how can these people invoke Him when there is no one to preach to them? How will they learn about the wonderful offering of Eternal Life when this Message is not reaching their ears? These were some of the questions asked by Paul, the apostle who, after his conversion, yearned for nothing more in this world other than the Salvation of the Jews and Gentiles of his time.
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10.13-14
For others to receive the same Salvation he received, Paul left everything behind and became a tireless missionary. He sought to save one more soul every day for the Kingdom of God, regardless of whether the person was a governor, soldier, or slave. Paul preached at all times, whether or not he had the opportunity. When it came to evangelizing, he was the bravest, wisest, most creative, and boldest apostle. This is why he taught his disciple Timothy:
Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching. 2 Timothy 4.2
He was aware that if the Gospel was not preached, the lost would not know the true faith and, therefore, could not be saved.
Do you think that all those who’ve been chosen for this noble mission think the same way as Paul?
I think the unbelief seen in so many people today is partly the responsibility of those who’ve been assigned to proclaim the Gospel but don’t or don’t embrace the assignment they have received.
Servants who live a limited surrender so they can enjoy their dreams will be held guilty of the blood of those who remain lost.
These men and women who turn their backs on the Altar are “backpedaling,” because to stop serving the Lord Almighty to do their own will and preferences in this world is the greatest mistake anyone can commit.
There is no happiness or fulfillment far from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives. Anyone who thinks he can escape his mission, like Jonah did, and overcome, is blind to what is written in Scripture.
Those who are truly wise do not turn away from the highest privilege: to serve the King of kings!
Bishop Edir Macedo