#230 – The Choice is Ours, 2

Part 2 of 4, Chap. 6 in FOR HIS GLORY

Enough for Everyone But – –
We quote John three sixteen but forget that those who do not believe in Him will perish; that if they had not heard the Gospel, they had no choice;* and that we are commanded to tell them.**

God provided the way of salvation, established the Church, gave us the scriptures, mandated us to “go and tell,” gave us His Holy Spirit to empower us, and promised to be with us always – but we have loved the world too much to obey Him.

Those who have Zoe-Life will be eager to pass it on. They will be excited about it and will spread it to the ends of the earth in the ways that are natural to them. It’s too good to keep to ourselves!

However, many aren’t more zealous about sharing the Gospel because institutional religion isn’t exciting enough to share in the way that the true and costly Life of the Kingdom is. We are then given witnessing formulas and acronyms, and guilt trips about not telling others about Abundant Life that we don’t even experience ourselves.

When we choose to obey Him and we experience Zoe-Life, we will freely share the Good News; others will want Him too; God is glorified; and His highest purpose for humanity is met!

Many have no choice because we have not lived the authentic lives that would reveal Him to them. Or we have refused to give, to go, to pray, to tell, and/or to love them with the attractive love of Jesus.

Will He hold us responsible in some way for those who go to hell because they didn’t know? We are commanded to show and to tell, and the penalty for willful disobedience is serious.

Ken Stoltzfus
Kidron, Ohio USA
May 1, 2022

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