What’s in it for me?

This seems like a selfish motivation. Most of the time it is. But Is the desire for reward a proper motive for service? The fact that God promises rewards is proof that the motive is not a sinful one, even though it may not be the highest motive. 

Just as parents are happy when their children achieve recognition, so our Lord is pleased when His people are worthy of recognition and reward. The important thing is not the reward itself, but the joy of pleasing Christ and honoring Him.

Paul reminds us that one day every Christian will be rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ for all the things we did for Him and others.

In light of our future, Paul mentione three motivations for sharing the Gospel with others:

1 – Fear

Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. (2 Corinthians 5:11-13)

It is interesting that Paul’s fear is not in hell. But it is in heaven. Paul knows that when he stands before the Judgment Seat, Jesus cannot be fooled or deceived. Jesus knows what we do and why we do it. A healthy fear of knowing that one day we will stand before Jesus should motivate us to persuade people to turn to Him. Yet, we fear Him so little that we do not realize the seriousness of our disobedience. And we sense the seriousness of our disobedience so little that we seldom fear God. But one day we will stand before Him. Live today like you will have wished you lived today when you stand before Jesus. Tell others all that Jesus has done for them.

2 – Love

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. (2 Corinthians 5:14-16)

What drove Paul to live and die as he did for the gospel? The answer is memorably paradoxical, for it involves opposites — fear and love. How can such opposite emotions as fear and love dwell in the same heart? Certainly they are found in the hearts of children who love their parents and yet respect them and their authority.

Paul often associates love with Christ’s death (see Romans 5:8; Galatians 2:20). Jesus did not act out of His own self interest. Instead, He willingly died on the cross. He died for all. He loves us.

When someone loves you and you love them you want to be please them. You will talk about them to everyone. At the Judgment Seat of Christ, will Jesus be pleased with your life? We shouldn’t see people from our earthly perspective, but from the perspective of heaven (v. 16).

Some think because Jesus died for all, all will eventually be in Heaven. Others think that He didn’t really die for all, He just died for all those He chose. However, Jesus paid the sin penalty for all humanity, it is only applied to those who choose to believe.

3 – Obedience

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

Jesus is the only power that can truly and deeply change lives. It is a constant process of change. This change is available because Jesus died to ‘reconcile’ us to God. Paul uses the word ‘reconcile’ because it involves bringing two broken pieces back together. Through His death on the cross, Jesus healed our broken relationship with God.

Now God has given to us the ministry of reconciliation. We are God’s ambassadors. Even more than justification, reconciliation goes a step further. Justification removes our guilt. Reconciliation makes us part of God’s family. Like a U.S. Ambassador, it is now our privilege and responsibility to represent Christ to the world. As an ambassador, we are in a foreign land, speaking and acting for a foreign entity. By our words and actions we can cause people to think more or less of our homeland.

On the cross Jesus was made our substitute. He became sin. God did not make Him a sinner. But God treated Jesus as a sinner and He paid the penalty of sin as He died on the cross. 

In response, we are elevated to be Christ’s ambassadors. We are privileged to represent Christ in our world. And just as Jesus was our substitute on the cross, we are His substitute to the world, saying on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

We should share the gospel with others because we fear God, we love Jesus, and we are obedient to the command to be an ambassador of the Gospel.

Tell others now. You will be glad you did then.

For a simple video of the Gospel watch this: THE STORY

For help in how you can share the Gospel (what to say) this links to the method I use: THE GOSPEL IN YOUR HAND