I believe in God. A God that is full of goodness, but a God that should also be feared. I also believe that we are called to be disciples. That we are instructed by God to share His gospel with the people around us.
I'm not perfect at sharing the gospel. In fact, it's pretty hard for me at times. A few weeks ago, it really struck me that something was preventing me from feeling a strong desire to share the gospel. Something was preventing my heart from breaking for those that aren't saved. I felt confused because I so deeply believe in God, and I believe that His goodness should be shared with those around us that don't know him. So what was preventing me from sharing this?
I came to the realization that my problem isn't necessarily related to my belief of God. Instead, it's related to my lack of belief in the devil and hell. Although I think the gospel should be shared, something deep inside me doesn't feel the desperation for those that are lost like I should. I had somewhat of an epiphany and realized that this lack of desperation is related to my lack of belief that these people will go to "hell" when they die. That they will suffer. Now, I do have the understanding that they won't be in heaven, but it's really hard for me to understand what the other alternative is.
Hell is a very strange concept for me. I didn't grow up in church, so it wasn't something I was taught to fear from an early age like many people were. Before I was a Christian, the thought of hell didn't really scare me and it still doesn't. Now, that's a problem. Especially if it's preventing me from sharing the gospel.
I have realized how little I know about what the gospel says about hell. Sure, there's a lot about the devil, but it's mostly symbolism and I sometimes have a hard time understanding it. I have been trying to intentionally further my understanding with the hope that it might help to create this deep desire for me to pursue those that don't know Christ. That I will fully understand what not being saved means for people. I think this is the beginning of a long journey.
Can you relate to this? What prevents you or encourages you to share the gospel?