Afshin Ziafat is one of the many incredible speakers we had the opportunity to learn from while here at the Institute. Afshin is an Iranian-American who converted from being a Muslim to a Christian while in High School. Not only is his testimony incredible, but he also speaks with a conviction that makes you want to share the Gospel. As the week came to a close he asked us what we believe a believers responsibility is to the Gospel. What is my responsibility to the Gospel?
The first conclusion we came to is that a believer is not to be ashamed of the Gospel. In 2 Timothy 1:8 Paul tells us “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of my His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God.” The word Gospel literally means “good news.” Why is it that we as Christians have the best news possible yet we are not sharing this good news with the world? We should not be ashamed.
The second conclusion we came to is that believers are to apply what we learn. Every Sunday many Christians attend church. We sit, hear the message, leave talking about how powerful the message was, and do nothing about it. What benefit do we get from hearing the Word but not doing anything about it? Not applying the Word to our lives inhibits us from fulfilling the Great Commission we are given in Matthew 28:19. As Christians we are commanded to walk out our faith, to be filled with the Spirit, and to produce fruit (James 1:22, Galatians 5:22, Matthew 7:17-19). Afshin asked us ‘what in your life visibly shows that you are living out your faith and obeying God?’ What fruit are we producing? Can non-believers (or even lukewarm believers) able to see your faith according to how you live your life?
The last conclusion we came to is that we must handle the Word correctly. 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” But we know that in order to accurately handle the Word we must know the Word, we must study the Word. The Bible is not up for interpretation.
As Christians we have a responsibility to the Gospel. Each one of us. In 1 Corinthians 12 we see that each believer is given a spiritual gift. Each individual’s gift is imperative in making the body of Christ move. As a believer God chose you. He chose you because He knows you can make an impact in the World for His glory. He chose you to not be ashamed of the Gospel, to apply the Word to your life and to live it out, and to accurately handle the Word.