A passion to share the gospel
Bible Studies for Life
August 20, 2017
2 Corinthians 5:11, 14-21
What are you passionate about? Whatever your answer is to that question will be manifested in the way you live your life.
Take a few Olympic athletes for example. Did you know Michael Phelps, gold medalist in swimming, spent six hours in the pool, one hour lifting weights and one hour stretching, six days a week, including holidays? He started when he was 12.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, gold medalists in ice dancing, spent ten hours a day together practicing on the ice,
running, lifting weights and learning choreography. They began when they were nine.
Even though we only see them for brief moments during the Olympics, they spent thousands of hours preparing. Why? Because they were passionate about their sports and winning the gold. Davis said, “If something is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.” That is true in the life of a believer as well. If sharing Christ with the lost is important to us, then we will overcome all obstacles and find a way to do it.
It is this kind of passion that Paul was speaking of in 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. We are compelled by the love of Christ, pleading on behalf of God to the lost to be reconciled to Him. The Greek word for “compel” is synechein. It is only used one other time in the Bible, in Philippians 1:23. It can be translated to “hold together,” to “hold fast” or “to leave no
The love of Christ – His love that took Him to the cross to die on our behalf – leaves us no choice but to share that love with the lost. Either it will be important enough for us to find a way, or we will find an excuse.
What are you passionate about? Are you passionate about sharing the gospel and winning the lost? Is it manifested in the way you live life? I pray the love of Christ will give us no choice but to share the gospel for the sake of the lost.