Yes, I’m doing back-to-back posts from Elliot Clark’s book, Evangelism as Exiles. I shared this in the sermon on Sunday and I think it’s worthy of sharing again here. 1 Peter 2:9 says;
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Speaking of our call as Christians to “proclaim the excellencies” of God, Clark wrote:
We’re called to declare God’s praises to the world. So if we’re not faithfully proclaiming the gospel to those around us, it’s owing to the fact we’re not overflowing in praise to God. If evangelism doesn’t exist, it’s because worship doesn’t. (pg. 103)
Think on that last line for a moment. We love to tell others of the things we delight in. We will talk about our kids, hobbies, jobs, a good meal, and on we could go. Clark is saying if we aren’t sharing the Gospel, it’s because we aren’t delighting in the Gospel. He then continues:
While we demonstrate an incredible ability to proclaim the glories of endless earthly trivialities, we somehow stutter and stammer at the opportunity to speak with others about our heavenly hope. So it’s obvious our gospel silence isn’t because our mouths are broken; it’s because our hearts are. Because if we worshiped God as we should, our neighbors, coworkers, and friends would be the first to hear about it. (pg. 103)
These are strong words we would all do well to consider. Ask the Lord to stir your heart in worship as you reflect on the beauty of the Gospel. Start by meditating on the Gospel riches proclaimed in 1 Peter 1:3-5, 2:9-10.