How to Share the Gospel Effectively? First, Have Faith in What Christ Has Done For You

There isn’t anything I love doing more than sharing the Gospel of Christ. I can’t wait to tell everyone I meet what my Lord and Savior has done for me. When I was LDS I didn’t realize that all my energy was spent trying to do something that Jesus had already done for me. Reading this weeks Relief Society Lesson reminded me that you also are trying to do something which you will never be able to do.

President Smith claims that this is the mission of Mormons:
Our mission in the world is to save souls, to bless them, and to place them in a condition that they may go back into the presence of our Father, crowned with glory, immortality, and eternal life.” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith, Chapter 14: How to Share the Gospel Effectively, p.153)

I bear my testimony to you that this is not your mission—it was Christ’s mission! Your Savior’s mission was to save souls: “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” (1 John 4:14) Jesus has served His mission and returned to His Father in Heaven with honor.

In saving souls He took “away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). He did this by taking upon Himself every single sin ever committed. At Christ’s death, he was the world’s biggest sinner. And in one instance, His shed blood washed away every single sin you’ve ever committed.

In exchange for our sinfulness, Jesus gave us His righteousness. It was His mission to place each of us in the condition that allows humans “into the presence of our Father”. By the offering of His body as the final sacrifice for sin, we have been “perfected forever.” All who have faith in God are credited with Christ’s righteousness.

The Apostle Paul testifies of this truth. He explains that Abraham was credited with righteousness through faith. He testifies that you too can be credited with righteousness, if you “believe on him that raised up Jesus”:

“He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness”.

“Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 4:20-5:1)

We read in the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus commanded us to be as perfect as Heavenly Father: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) This is a command we must obey to gain eternal life and dwell in God’s presence. Unfortunatly, we have all failed miserably. The Prophet Isaiah testified that even our righteousness is like filthy rags in God’s sight:

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)

Only Jesus could obey the command to be perfect. But amazingly we get credit for His obedience! It was His mission to make us perfect! He alone could grant us the “boldness to enter into the holiest” by His blood. The writer of Hebrews explains this beautifully:

“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.”

“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified… 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus… 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:10-22)

The Prophet Isaiah prophesied of this mission of Christ many years before Jesus was born:

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)

John the Beloved tells of this righteousness when he testifies that through our hope in Christ, we are as pure as Jesus Himself:

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”(1 John 3:1-3)

Now do you understand why I love Jesus so much; and why I can’t stop myself from sharing the Gospel of Christ?

Only by knowing what your Savior has truly done for you will you be compeled to share the Gospel truthfully, and effectively. And, since you won’t have to spend your time trying to do what Christ has already done; you are now free to glorify Him with all you do.

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 1:24-25) Christ was Perfect for You

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