This past week I sat and discussed scriptures and doctrine with a wonderful couple for over an hour and a half.  They were polite and kind, yet determined and knowledgeable of the scriptures.  We spent most of the conversation differentiating between gifts of the Spirit and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  I pray a seed was planted in their hearts that causes them to seek for more of God.
            As they were leaving I commended them.  I commended them for their zeal.  I commended them for their passion and burden.  I commended them for their work.  All of which was for one single purpose, to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.  You see, this was the fourth or fifth time they had stopped by our house, either just to say hi or to drop off a magazine.  They even made an appointment to come see us and we were out and did not make it home in time for the appointment.  Instead of getting mad at us for ditching them, they left a note and rescheduled for another time.
            When we finally did manage to sit down and discuss scriptures, I spent over an hour alone talking about the essentiality of receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Here I was, trying to prove to them what I believe to be the full truth and yet they were the ones knocking on my door.  They were the ones setting up Bible studies with me.  They were the ones making the extra effort to reach me with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
            I was and still am under conviction in that I understand what the Bible defines as the plan of salvation and somehow the only reason I am explaining it to this couple is because they knocked on my door.  I am not ashamed of the Gospel.  I openly discuss it with everyone I meet.  I have no qualms about inviting someone to church or teaching a Bible study.  But God was tugging on my heart, asking me how proactive I was in spreading His Gospel.
            Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 24:46-49, “Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations , beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.“  We know that the disciples obeyed Jesus and in Acts 1:8 we see that there was a purpose behind that power.  Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
            Jesus gave us a specific command that the message of repentance and remission of sins was to be preached in His name.  Then He wants us to be endued with power from on high.  Power to be witnesses.  God has saved us for one reason alone.  To be witnesses.  To share the message of salvation with everyone we can.  This is not a new idea or novel concept.  This is the same old message you have probably heard for years.  But at what point do we start acting upon the power that we received? Do I expect you to start teaching home Bible studies tomorrow?  No.  Do I expect you to become a Bible scholar that is out debating the canon of scriptures? No.  Do I expect you to at the very least tell someone about Jesus, the church, and the need for them to come meet Jesus at church? Yes and emphatically yes.  It is our sole duty as Spirit-filled believers to share this gospel with someone, anyone.  But to never share this gospel with anyone means we were never really endued with His Spirit.  I know the evidence of receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit is speaking in another tongue,  but Jesus said we would be known by our fruits (Matthew 7:16).  I can not sit idly by and not act upon the power I have experienced.  It behooved Christ that He died so that the message of repentance and remissions of sins could be preached in His name all over the world.  It behooves me to start right here, right now in Pflugerville, TX.  I will reach my world with this salvation message.  Will you join me?