Not in Word Only

5 for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake (1 Thessalonians 1).

The gospel should never be presented “in word only”—as just a sterile set of propositions to be regurgitated like multiplication tables. Although math is full of irrefutable truth (2 x 2 is always 4), it lacks the anointed power and personal touch which flows from a true gospel presentation. Yet, how often do we present the gospel in a sterile fashion, void of prayer and dependency on the Holy Spirit, and empty of personal conviction and assurance that the gospel will accomplish the Father’s goal? How often is the gospel we present incongruous with the lives of us who deliver it? “What kind of men” are we who share it? Could it be the reason we do not bear gospel fruit, is because our presentations of the gospel are so sterile?

What motivates us to share this wonderful gospel? Is it to etch another mark on our gospel gun in order to fulfill a religious duty or relieve a guilty conscience for not having done so in a while? Or, do we share the gospel purely to the glory of God and “for the sake” of those who need to hear it?

Lord, fill us This Day with Your Spirit, that we might see and take advantage of opportunities to share the gospel with power and conviction—for Your glory and the sake of lost people who need to hear it. Amen.