Recently I have been studying through the book of 1 Thessalonians and have really been enjoying the gems I have found. I have been going through the book very slowly and it has been a huge blessing to me.( Not sure about anyone else). As I was going over it, I found Chapter 2 verse 4 which says:
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
Many times, we view the preaching of the gospel as a duty or a task, and no doubt that it true. Jesus calls it labour, Paul called it labour and work, and if you have ever done it, it is very clear that it requires physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual effort. As a soldier in the Lord’s Army( yes, I said Army not USMC….LOL) we are fighting for our King of Kings and doing our duty to spread the gospel. But I wanted to share another part of this that I found in the verse.
Paul said, We were allowed. This shows that the Lord has given us permission to take the gospel to folks who need it. Why would God, who is righteous, holy, just, and loving, allow us as sinful, carnal, irresponsible Christians to take his gospel to this world. Why not choose some other method that indeed will not fail him as often as we do?
Paul says we were put in trust with the gospel. This means God has placed the answer that all men and women need for their sins in our hands. He has trusted us with the message that can deliver a person from hell and judgment or show to them eternal life and deliverance. WOW. Think about it for a second. God allowed US to be trusted with the gospel.
I think of what 1 Corinthians says in the first chapter:
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
God chose and allowed us to take the gospel because we are the weakest and basest thing there is. According to what has been said in the above verses, God chose us so He could get glory. We many times take pride when we perform our duties, we get boastful when we do our jobs correctly, but if we would as Christians, take the mindset that the Lord is the one who deserves glory because without Him you can do nothing, I believr we would better able to serve Him like we should. So, take a handful of tracts, and go give the gospel away to anyone and everyone but remember it is a privilege and an honor.