He Deserves What He Paid For

John 3:16-17 (NKJV): For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV): Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

In my Evangelism class at Bible School, the teacher once had us watch a video montage of different great evangelists speaking about their ministries. They shared different stories of their encounters with God during their time. One story stood out to me. I don’t remember who exactly told it, but I remember the story well.

The evangelist recounts how he felt called to go and preach the Gospel in Central Africa. He was so excited because he pictured a people who would welcome him with open arms. People who had never heard the Gospel and were eager to hear it and change their lives. When he arrived though, it was not what he was expecting. He quickly discovered that these people had already heard the Gospel and had rejected it. This was very frustrating for him, and he angrily questioned God; “Why did you send me to these people who don’t want anything to do with you? They are happy living in their sin and are not willing to hear from you! They don’t even deserve your forgiveness.” God answered simply, “They may not deserve My forgiveness, but I deserve what I paid for.”

Recently, I found my self in a situation where I saw people speaking/acting negatively with regards to Christ. Instead of reacting in love (as Christ would), I reacted in anger. I felt like they didn’t even deserve my love… or God’s. I’m glad I later caught myself and asked for God’s forgiveness. However, I find that when I think about evangelism and sharing the Gospel, I tend to assume that people have already heard it, and, if they haven’t accepted it by now, why should I waste my time? Well, because Jesus paid for it.

One time, during worship at church, the presence of God was heavy in the room. I remember smiling and thinking to myself, I wish I could spend every moment of my life doing just this. Then I remembered that it’s what we’ll be doing in Heaven. I then became overwhelmed with the knowledge of the greatness of God and how much He deserves that every living creature should worship Him. I decided to make this my life’s mission; For as long as I can, I will do all I can to make sure that as many people as possible will be in Heaven worshiping God… Because He deserves it.

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