The Priority of the Gospel

When my father gave his life to Jesus Christ, his construction business in Argentina continued to flourish, even as he gave more of his time to our little church, a church he helped build. Later, as a boy accompanying my father on evangelistic forays in town and out in the countryside, I saw the grief he endured to proclaim the Good News.

My father died of pneumonia when I was only 10 years old, and in three years our family went from being wealthy to being dirt poor and in debt. My mom used Matthew 6 to keep the family on course. “Look at the birds of the air,” Mom read to her six little children-I was the oldest. “They do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

By their example and with Scripture, my parents taught me to put eternal things first. I learned from both my father and mother the priority of the Gospel. Yes, many other things are important, but the Gospel is fundamental. After all, the whole reason Jesus came into the world was “to seek and to save what was lost.”

Why Do I Need Jesus?

Did you know that Satan is happy when someone just “believes in God”? The Bible says, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” [2 Corinthians 4:3-4]. Satan does not blind a spiritual seekers mind so they cannot believe in God. He blinds their mind so they cannot see that Jesus Christ is God. So how do we explain this truth to someone who doesnt know the Lord?

First, explain that God can be fully known to us only through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself tells us, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” John 14:9.

Second, explain that until the barrier of sin between God and mankind is removed, we cannot have a personal relationship with Him. Because He loves us, God came in the person of Jesus Christ to remove that barrier.

Belief in God is not enough. Only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can we come to the heart of the Father. Thats Good News worth sharing!

Where is Your Heart?

Wheres your heart? Jesus said in Matthew chapter 6 that your heart is where your treasure is. And if you “store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal,” your heart is in the wrong place.

Matthew 6 is one of those fundamental portions of Scripture I turn to regularly to keep my focus. You know, there are hundreds of worthwhile causes and activities that Christians can and do give their time to. Its a good thing to feed hungry people, provide shelter to the homeless, guide a pregnant teenager to choose adoption for her baby, and campaign to elect a godly man or woman to Congress. Thank God that Christians are in the battle. But if were not also sharing the Good News that Jesus died for our sins and that we must repent and believe in Him to enter heaven, were offering only temporary solutions to people who need hope for eternity.

Jesus tells us to put eternal things first. First and foremost, lets give people the Gospel.

Focus on the Eternal

Every now and then, we Christians need a “priority check.” We fill our lives with so many good activities, sometimes we crowd out the best.

Matthew chapter 6 is one of those fundamental portions of Scripture that helps us keep our focus. Jesus tells us, “So do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

What does it mean to “seek first” the kingdom of God? Jesus is telling us to put eternal things first. In this world, not much is eternal-certainly not food and clothing. But people are eternal-and where they spend eternity depends on their hearing the Gospel and believing in the One who died for their sins. When you tell your neighbor about Jesus, youre putting eternal things first.