Speaking of proclaiming, who proclaims, and what is it that they are to proclaim?
6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
I originally thought that I would find a good passage on proclaiming in Matthew 28:19-20, but what it says there is,
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
We are to:
- Make disciples,
- Baptize them into the family of God,
- and teach them to obey everything that Jesus commanded the disciples.
The next passage was a bit more forthcoming. It was Romans 19:14-15,
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
The progression is:
- It is good to bring good news,
- It is good to be sent,
- It is good to preach (tell the good news),
- It is good that they hear,
- It is good that they call on Jesus by believing in Him.
I, then, looked at every reference to “proclaim” or “proclaiming” in the New Testament. In each case, it was someone proclaiming, either Jesus, Paul, or the Gospel in general. So, what does it mean for us to proclaim?
Actually, the term, “proclaim,” is never used as a directive. Instead, it is something that we, as Christians who walk closely to Christ and want to share out of our experiences with Him, want to share with others. Here is what I would like all Christians to understand:
- Not everyone is an evangelist (Ephesians 4:11). We ARE called to be witnesses (Acts 1:8).
- We are called to give a reason for the faith we have in Jesus, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.“
- We are to revere Christ as Lord,
- We are to be prepared,
- The answer we are to give is why we follow Jesus,
- We are to do it with gentleness and respect (they obviously believe differently than we),
- We are to keep a clear conscience through good behavior; may conviction come upon them.
- There are times when our actions speak louder than our words. We must be sensitive to the Spirit and allow Him to work in their hearts. (ex. 1 Peter 3:1)
When a Christian is full of the love of Jesus, here’s what happens:
14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Let’s ask the Lord to give us opportunities to share His love with others. Most of the time, it’s with someone with whom He has brought us into contact. “Research shows that, on average, adults must hear the Gospel message about seven times before they come to faith in Christ. So, don’t give up on your friend, but prayerfully continue to look for opportunities to share your faith.” Share Jesus Without Fear. We have to be content with where we are in a person’s process. Generally speaking, I tend to be a #2 or #3; I answer a lot of questions. Very occasionally do I get to actually be there when a person gives his heart to Christ. Oh, what a joy it is! Yet, I am content to simply be part of a person’s story of how he came to Christ. Joining the Father where He is already working is a wonderful activity with Him. Let’s get to it!
Abba, thank You for the fire of the Holy Spirit in me. Thank You that You meet with me daily and direct my paths all day long. Please give me plenty of opportunities to be a witness and even to proclaim You to others. Help me be ready. Amen.