"W.W.J.D." - Pastor Mosheh Chanan
The question "What Would JESUS Do" (W.W.J.D.?) remains a revealing barometer for measuring where any of us are spiritually and practically at any point.
In that light, I arrived at this season of Lent with an especially humbling sense of conviction. Why you ask? Reality. Examining the scriptures, I recalled there is something JESUS would definitely do, want me to do, and want me to encourage others to also do, that I'd not been doing to the extent of HIS desire. I'm referring to preaching The GOSPEL (Lk.4:16-21, Mt. 4:23, 24:14, 28:18-20, Mk.16:15, Ac.1:8). JESUS unequivocally said "You go into the entire world and preach The GOSPEL to every human being" (Mk.16:15 MCV). Looking in the mirror, I realize how shamefully I miss the mark in that regard. Giving myself a checkup-from-the-neck-up, I endeavored to ascertain why in the world might I be so unlike the JESUS I declare to be the LORD of my life in relationship to spreading The GOSPEL?
I thought of some of the reasons (actually excuses) why I lack the passion, persistence, and prioritization of The WORD that became flesh in this matter of eternal life vs eternal death. I considered the fact that I have numerous other pastoral and administrative responsibilities. I'm a married person with honey-do's to do. I don't want to make people uncomfortable, or feel like I'm being a nuisance. I need my "me-time". In some cases I'm simply apprehensive, or suffer from sheer fear, etc, etc. Then, I acknowledged that all of my excuses were inexcusable. The #1 reason why I do not publish The GOSPEL with the passion of Christ is evidently the fact that I don't wholeheartedly care that everyone, bar none, is aware of how much GOD really loves them, irrespective of how they are, or where they are socially, economically, or circumstantially.
Then, I remembered a definition of evangelization (GOSPEL proclamation) The LORD graciously gave me years ago:
Urgent communication of GOD'S determination for everyone in every nation to know the joy of HIS Salvation and escape the fire of Hell's damnation.
Accordingly, I dare to recognize "The GOSPEL", "The Ultimate Language of Love" is an immeasurably vital form of verbal and non-verbal communication, in which every recipient of the benefits thereof is called and commissioned to articulate, demonstrate, and accentuate, "no, not just for some, but for everyone".
I'm encouraged to know that The LORD JESUS knows with undiluted omniscience the dire necessity for 'everyone' to hear and see The GOSPEL proclaimed. HE is equally aware of the humanly unfathomable benefits and consequences of one's acceptance or rejection of the free gift of eternal life that HE purchased with HIS own blood.
With this desperately needed reality-check that the season evoked, I'm far more inspired to preach The GOSPEL with a renewed sense of urgency, despite all the excuses I might be tempted to use for neglecting to do so. Now, it turns out, a Lent that began with conviction, should hopefully pay dividends well into the future.
HOW TO PRAY :
That people like me who may already be involved in sharing The GOSPEL may do so with a greater sense of urgency, because we realize that we all have an unknown expiration date.
Those who have received the benefits of The GOSPEL, but are apprehensive about sharing it will develop the confidence and courage make people aware of GOD'S wonderful plan for their lives.
The effective articulation and demonstration of The GOSPEL in Bellflower will result in the glorious transformation of our citizens, communities, and city.
Luke 4:16-21 “He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’ Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’”
Matthew 4:23 “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues,proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”
Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
Mark 16:15 “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
About the Author: Mosheh Chanan is the Pastor of By The BOOK Ministry and the founder of the "Love Thy Neighbor" Project, through which he and fellow-laborers share The GOSPEL with our neighbors, while discovering their spiritual and practical needs. Mosheh and his wife Stacey have been residents of Bellflower since 1992.