One of the things we like doing after an evening service is stopping by a McDonald’s and getting ice cream or a snack of some sort. It’s our reward to the kids for just being willing to travel. This Wednesday evening we found a surprise. As I looked out and about I saw this sign. I was excited to see it because I thought “hey, someone is out there sharing the gospel by leaving tracts.”
Of course I got up and went over and looked at the the tract only to find something missing.
There were a lot of warm positive words and phrases. “[…]free your heart of the burden of pain and worry”, “Believe when it’s the hardest […]”, “[…] never relinquish the grand architect that is your dream weaver.” Did you find what was missing?
If you guessed the gospel you are right! One million internet points for you.
There are a lot of positive words. Very positive. In fact it’s positively positive. But as I read this I realized this was quite depressing. It presented the possibility of hope and happiness. It told of someone who was happy. But how does one find what they have? How does one get to know the “grand architect”? What is one to “believe when it’s the hardest”? How does one “free [their] heart of the burden of pain and worry”?
It’s like they told a cancer patient that they have a cure, but never tell how to obtain it or telling someone who is bankrupt they can be rich, but never telling how.
As christians our message isn’t just a message of hope. We don’t just tell people they can be forgiven of their sins, they can go to heaven or they can have hope. No. That, my friend, would be cruel and devilish. We tell them how to have hope. And what is that hope?
The bible teaches:
We are all sinners. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23
We have a sin-debt and that can be corrected by Christ. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
We can be saved if we sincerely believe the following. “By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:” I Corinthians 5:2-5
Not only do we have the hope of salvation, we also know how to be saved. That is why the gospel is so great and why we have something worth sharing. No false hope, just real hope.