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To come to the place where hope is most prized is to be constrained to share it with others. This is what David did. It is also what we must do.


As Christians, we are constrained by the love of Christ to share “the hope of the gospel” with a lost and dying world (2 Corinthians 5:14; Colossians 1:5, 23). Like the Apostle Paul, you too should say, “Woe is me, if I preach not the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16).


Jonas Salk, the man who discovered the polio vaccine, was advised by a friend to keep it secret for a while. According to Salk’s friend, Salk’s vaccine would be far more valuable if more and more people contracted polio. Salk rejected his friend’s cold-hearted suggestion and explained to his friend that a man who has what the whole world needs is debtor to the whole world.


In Romans 1:14-16, the Apostle Paul explains why he was “not ashamed of the gospel of Christ” and ever-ready to preach it to anyone, anywhere, at any time. According to Paul, he was a “debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.” In other words, having what all men needed, the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Paul felt he was a debtor to all men. He owed the Gospel to everyone everywhere.  


As the stewards of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the world today, you and I are indebted to the whole world. We owe our witness to all men everywhere. Like Paul, we too should not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, since it alone contains the hope needed by the whole world. Furthermore, as the Apostle Peter admonishes in 1 Peter 3:15, we should always be ready to give an answer to every man who asks us about our hope in the Lord. Are you ever-ready to proclaim and explain your hope in the Lord?


The calmed soul is ever-ready to proclaim and explain the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Don Walton