The GOspel

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

No that’s not a typo in the title of this week’s devotion. It’s to highlight that the first two letters of the word “gospel” are “go.” Of course, we don’t want to over spiritualize this, the Bible was not originally written in English, but it is an interesting coincidence and one that can remind and inspire us that God has called every believer to share the good news with others.

Thinking about this reminded me of the story of Jesus’ encounter with a demon possessed man. Mark 5:4-5 tell us “No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.” It’s no surprise that everyone was afraid of him and avoided him.

When Jesus visited his town, the man confronted Jesus and in a spectacular, supernatural display of spiritual authority Jesus delivered the man from his bondage. He immediately became a Jesus follower and understandably, when Jesus was preparing to leave the region the man, “begged to go with him.” Interestingly, “Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.” (Mark 5:18-20)

Like the demon-possessed man, all of us who have been delivered from the bondage of sin by Jesus are to “go” and tell what the Lord has done for us, and how he has had mercy on us. We should start where we live and with the people God has put in our lives, and everywhere we “go” from there, proclaiming and sharing the good news of God’s grace.

Are you living to share the GOspel?

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church