How do we consider ourselves in our Christian walk and in the light of the gospel? This question is so vital that our answers to it play an important aspect in molding our lives not only in terms of our goal as Christians but also in fulfilling the mandate given to us by our Lord.

The way we consider our lives in terms of our goals, priorities, and visions of life will always influence us in our walk with God. Let us learn from the life of Paul when he said, “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. From these very words of Paul comes the secret of life’s fulfillment on how we should view our lives as believers of Jesus and how to become effective ministers of the gospel of God’s grace.

One thing that hinders us to testify the gospel of God’s grace is our wrong understanding of who we are in terms of sharing the gospel. Many times we focus on our fears, weaknesses, hindrances and capacity in sharing the gospel. I agree that proper training is required but in testifying the goodness of God, we need to rely not on our self but on the surpassing greatness Christ alone. Testifying the gospel of God’s grace is purely done in Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Another thing that made Paul as effective preacher of the Good News is his willingness to suffer for the sake of the Gospel. Even though he suffered with tears and afflictions in sharing the Gospel; even to the severe testing and plots of the Jews against him; Paul continue to persevere with steadfastness in the ministry entrusted to him by Christ.

In the time of Paul, preaching the Gospel was not that easy. He faced a tremendous persecution in obedience to the Gospel. Paul does not know what will happen to him every time he travels from place to place in sharing the gospel of God’s grace. Even though he knew that he will face imprisonment and hardships, he continued to preach the Word. What made him from time to time to obey? The reason is that “he was compelled by the Spirit” or in other translations, “bound in the Spirit”. When we are “compelled” by the Spirit we can do things we are called to do for it is the Holy Spirit compelling us to do so as He gives us the infilling and empowerment.

All of us are called to finish the race and that is “heaven” with the Lord. Similarly, all of us are called to take part in the task of “testifying the gospel of God’s grace”. The way we respond to this calling will determine our life here on earth. It is either we are living with wrong goals and priorities in life or we are living according to what God purposely set before us.

Are we willing to exchange everything we have for the sake of Christ? Are we willing to suffer for the sake of the Gospel?

By Pastor Nick Esguerra