2 Corinthians 5:14 teaches us that the love of Christ should compel us to tell others about the love of Christ. We are compelled to tell. Our theme for 2019 at the Ham Lane Church of Christ is “Compelled – The Irresistible Call of Christ.” We opened this New Year with a series of lesson that I have entitled “Compelled To Tell” inspired by my reading of Dudley Rutherford’s book “Compelled.”
Here’s the good news, all you are compelled to tell is what you know and if you are a Christ-follower, what you know is why and how your relationship with Jesus Christ has forever changed who you are and more importantly where you are going. What you tell is who you were before Christ, how you met Christ, and how your life has changed since you’ve met Christ. People can argue over politics. People can argue over sports. People can and often do argue over Scriptures in the Bible. But what people cannot argue over is a life that has been changed by Christ. That’s your testimony – that’s what you are compelled (even commanded – see Matthew 28:16-20) to tell.
Showing someone the power of a changed life is very convicting, however, there are other people who have found life change in other things outside of Christianity. People can have their lives change through false religions and ideas that can lead to life transformation. Many people who have struggled with alcoholism have had their lives changed through programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. Some even report finding peace and life transformation through exercise and meditation.
So what is it that makes Christianity so different and why do we who follow Christ truly feel compelled to tell others about Christ? The answer is – The Gospel. Our word “gospel” comes from two old English words that literally mean “Good News.” The Good New of the Gospel is found in the Bible, the Word of God. It is the telling of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You see it was Jesus, God’s only Son, who came to earth and lived among men as a man, dies on the cross to take away our sins, was dead and buried and then on that Easter Sunday rose up out of the grave conquering death and forever conquering sin and death for we who accept, believe, and follow Him. No other religion, no other book, no other group, nor philosophy in the world can claim what we claim in Christ. That is why we are compelled to tell!