Also, because one of the fruits of a genuinely converted Christian is "love," the Apostle naturally had a great concern for the unsaved. Like Paul before his conversion, every non-Christian he saw was hell-bound, and his basic love for people compelled him to reach out to them. Jesus said we must love others as much as we love ourselves. Paul simply understood those words to mean that he didn't want to spend eternity in Hell so he made a point to rescue others from that terrible fate.

His motives and his secret for evangelistic zeal seem so simple, so basic. Gratitude for his own salvation made him want to obey his Lord and Savior. Compassion for his fellow man compelled him to rescue him or her from the fires of Hell. Aren't those still the reasons we should be fired up about evangelism today? How can we be casual about sharing the gospel when Hell is still burning and its mouth is open wide ready to receive our neighbors who don't know Christ? What does our lack of urgency say about our love for people? If my gratitude toward God for my own salvation is so shallow that I will not get "interested in saving others," what does that say about who I'm really serving? Can I really call Jesus my "Lord", if I refuse to obey his commands to love people and stay interested in saving others from the flames?

I am not ashamed of the gospel, but I am often ashamed at my own failures to make the most of every opportunity to share it with those around me. This bothers me a great deal. I want to be as Paul, who even in the face of trials, humiliation, and death, will count it a privilege and an honor to obey my Lord and love my neighbor enough to show them the way to eternal life. We shouldn't have to do anything to "keep Christians interested in evangelism." It should be the natural conviction of every follower of Christ to seek and save the lost, and persevere in the work of the Lord until the end.

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