The gospel is about Jesus being the Son of God, who came as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins so that after our repentance we would have reconciliation with God. Our commission is to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them what Christ taught.
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’”
God is merciful. He will wait for us to come to Him after our calling. The surety of our salvation rests in Jesus. He is our rock. He died so that we could live. No other truth is as simple as believing Jesus is the Christ. Through that belief, we have hope in a future, dwelling in the house of the Lord forever.
But how do we preach the gospel to the world if the world is hostile toward Jesus? Show mercy to those who wrong us, just as God shows mercy to us when we wrong Him. Teach those who lack understanding. Provide to those in need. Show love to all. Give to all. Bless all.
No greater sacrifice is there than to give one’s life for a friend. Therefore, let us dedicate our lives to those who, in the future, will be our friends in Christ, always remembering that we have a great commission in Jesus.