I don’t know who started this, but as long as I can remember, every Christian seems to have a “life verse” from the Bible. My dad’s life verse was John 3:30. (He must increase, but I must decrease.) I thought that was a good life verse, so I copied my dad and made it my life verse, as well.
After forty years of having John 3:30 as my life verse, I think it’s time to make a change. Yes, Jesus must increase, and we must decrease. However, as Christians, we must never forget or neglect our responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission of Mark 16:15: “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
This world needs Jesus. The world population is over eight billion people, and the vast majority have not even heard the gospel message one time. It is our responsibility as Christians to preach the gospel to those with whom we come in contact. Do your neighbors know that you are a Christian? Don’t assume they know just because you back out of your driveway on most Sundays.
I think it would be a good idea if every Christian would change their life verse to Romans 1:16. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” If every Christian would make this their life verse, memorize it, say it out loud before you leave your house, and say it every time you get out of your car, then more people would probably get saved.
It’s easy to say you’re not ashamed, but when was the last time you shared the gospel with someone? The opposite of being ashamed is to boldly share the gospel with everyone. Carry gospel tracts with you at all times – lots of tracts – and take advantage of the opportunities that God gives you to tell someone what Jesus did for you.
One of the characteristics of the early church was boldness (Acts 4:13,29,31; Philippians 1:20). May God give you boldness to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ without being afraid or ashamed.