The Reason Why

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwell in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shinned,” Isaiah 9:2.

Brothers and sisters this is truly a dark world without understanding of truth.  Ours is a world that is much like the world of Isaiah’s day.  Isaiah’s own people were characterized by the following, “The heart of the people was dull and their ears heavy, and they were blind in their eyes,” Isaiah 6:10.  Because of their sinful rebellion, judgment was coming.

Once this judgment comes, Isaiah wonders, “How long, O lord?”  The Lord responds, “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste,” 6:11.  In this moment we must be reminded of the reason why of all of this.  These people along with Isaiah were an unclean people with unclean lips.

At this moment, we certainly want to say, “They needed the gospel.”  But at the same time we must also say, “Our world needs the gospel.”  At the heart of this discussion is our motivation (The Reason Why) for sharing the gospel.  For most people their motivation comes from one of two reasons:  1) A desire to obey God’s command to share the gospel, Matthew 28:18-20, 2) A desire to see everyone escape the flames of hell.  Brethren both of these reasons are important but they cannot be the top reason for sharing the gospel.

John Piper, “Desiring God,” shared wonderful insight on this subject this very morning, “The burning passion of our heart should be to share Christ because of a desire for His glory to be made known to the world.”  Brethren this must be at the heart of our reason why for everything we do.

Yes, we should want our lost neighbors to understand the gospel, repent, receive forgiveness, and eternal life.  But should we not even more want our neighbors to see the splendor of our king.  This was Isaiah’s burning passion as he surrendered to God’s call upon his life.  Consider the words of his prophecy of the first coming of our king:

                 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” 9:6.

Maybe you find yourself struggling with having a soft heart for your neighbors on a consistent basis?  Maybe you are struggling with keeping the gospel on your mind as you speak with others?  If these two things characterize you as they do with so many, let me encourage you to change your thought process to simply, “Doing these things because you want Jesus to be known in the world.”  I promise you that your level of consistency will change, because loving Christ will cause you to love the world and you will have His gospel on your lips consistently.

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