The governing principle of the Kingdom of God is love and service to our neighbor. The ultimate goal marked by Christ himself as service is the preaching of the Gospel to every nation (Mat 24:!4). The church exists to love and serve our neighbor, with the sublime goal of sharing with our contemporaries the greatest gift and demonstration of love, the eternal life that God gives us freely.
Just as in the 1990s, certain NGOs took advantage of a good cause to obtain personal profit, is it possible that, in the most sublime activity, preaching the everlasting Gospel, the same could happen?
History shows that it has been, and I tremble at the possibility of discovering a similar attitude today among our own people. True service, or religion, according to the Bible, is not just preaching the Gospel theoretically. It’s also “caring for orphans or widows who need help; and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence” (James 1:27 ICB). The moment we fail to fulfill a part of our Christian duties because they do not converge with a statistical “impact”, we should begin to reflect on the true and intimate intention of our actions.
The trap for NGOs was the “photo” with aid beneficiaries. The trap for Christians is the “photo” with the figures. Jesus preached to thousands, but never neglected the personal encounter with Nicodemus or the Samaritan woman, even though it did not result in one immersion in multitudes.
Authentic evangelism is born from love for others, from a genuine interest in the salvation of souls. I cannot imagine a Christian who wants to reach the maximum number of people with the Gospel while, privately, he is implacable, inflexible, unmerciful and not at all comprehensive. It is not coherent to offer forgiveness to “great sinners” and, on the other hand, to be intransigent and implacable with those who are in our immediate environment (Mat. 18:23–35).
If incoherence accompanies us, our career will be short and with a shameful ending. Obtaining “glory” before men does not imply obtaining God’s approval (2 Co. 10:17-18).
Let us be genuine, authentic, whether in the great campaigns of evangelism, as well as in the more intimate circles of family or work. God said to Samuel: “God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). Do you want to be richly blessed and used by God in His Work? Try to be genuine and authentic, whatever your sphere of influence is, a big public campaign or a simple private conversation.
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