by Tim Leahy
On The Gathering Blog we’ve been talking about Success as God defines it. We have been using the acrostic S.U.C.C.E.S.S. to communicate what success God’s way is. We are now on the E in S.U.C.C.E.S.S. At this time of year, you may be guessing that the E stands for Easter, but instead it stands for Evangelism.
Now, Easter is not a bad guess. After all Easter is in a few days, and Easter and evangelism go together like eggs and bacon. Evangelism is telling the full story about God’s amazing love, beginning with Christmas and concluding with Easter. The full story of how the Son of God left heaven, came to earth, became one of us, lived a sinless life, and then died on a cross at Calvary just outside the walls of Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago to rescue all mankind from the wages of sin. The wages of that sin is separation from God for eternity. (John 3:16, John 3:68, Matthew 1:23, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, Romans 6:23)
Easter is the most important event in human history and evangelism is the greatest responsibility ever given to the human race. It is the message of love, forgiveness, restoration, reconciliation, adoption, joy, peace, and hope. The fact that God would become one of us to restore us, who rebelled again Him, is incredible. It’s amazing, it’s awesome, it goes beyond anything we could imagine. One who is perfect came to rescue those who aren’t. Now that’s love.
About now you may be asking yourself what does this have to do with success? Everything! As we have already mentioned, The S stands for Salvation, which is the basis for success (see “God Created Us to Be Successful”). As the Scriptures say: What good is it if you have all the success that this word can give, but spend eternity separated from God? (Mark 8:36) Without trusting and committing our lives to Jesus as our Savior and ruler of our lives we can never be successful God’s way, which is the only success that is truly success.
Here’s another truth about Evangelism. It’s the responsibility and privilege of every person who has ever been rescued to become rescuers. It is the Chief Rescuer’s (Jesus) rescue orders for those who have been rescued (Matthew 28:18-20). Here’s the bottom line on success and evangelism – God does not bless disobedience and not telling others about God’s love and rescue plan for mankind is disobedience. Since you’ve been rescued, go rescue others.