“The single most loving act we can do is share the good news of Jesus Christ, that God saves sinners.” The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler, Page 151
Our small group is reading this book together right now. It is worth the time. This statement by Matt Chandler is quite extraordinary; and I think Biblical. Consider what that statement means.
Sharing the gospel with someone is more loving than an entire episode of Extreme Home Makeover. In this television show people come and tear down a families old and insufficient house. They may have a special needs child that requires certain things for functionality, they do not have adequate space because of finances, or they have been through a painful trial or death in their life. The show comes in and builds a custom, brand new house that is beyond anything they could have imagined. The gospel is more loving than that.
Sharing the gospel with someone is more loving than giving away a billion dollars to eradicate a disease. Bill Gates did with this with his wealth in the country of India. Because of his generosity many people no longer suffer underneath the crushing paralysis of this problem. Sharing the gospel is more loving than that.
Jesus said that the greatest commandment was a vertical love towards God. The second greatest commandment was a horizontal love towards our neighbors. The first is to dictate the second and if a Christian really believes in an eternal hell, he will have a concern for his neighbors eternity. No amount of house renovation or personal wealth can remove the wrath of God. Only the gospel has the power to remove that wrath and replace it with the grace and mercy we find at the cross. The greatest act of love is something each Christian is able to do. Open the mouth and proclaim the good news.