As Christians it is our primary duty to share the gospel of Jesus with family, friends, community, and the world. Jesus promised the disciples, and modern Christians by extension, that “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”. (Acts 1:8 ESV) Nothing in that promise has changed. That promise that Christians will be the witnesses of Christ to everyone is ongoing right this minute. Paul in his letter to the church writes what may be the most inspiring and motivating evangelistic words in the Bible.
3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 ESV
The gospel of Jesus Christ is hidden. The Greek word for “veiled” here means to “hinder the knowledge of a thing” καλύπτω (kalyptō). The knowledge of Christ is hidden from those who are perishing. Christians speak of a lost and dying world but in reality, we should change that phrase to a dark and dead world and only the light and new birth in Jesus Christ, the gospel, will save that dark and dead world. Those whose minds are blinded are blinded by the “god”, or Satan, of this world to keep them from seeing the “light of the gospel of the glory of Christ”.
Satan is actively working to suppress the light of Christ in this world. Where then does the light come from and how is it suppressed? The source of the light is God and specifically the glory of Christ and Paul tells us that the light shines from our heart outward.
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV
Pause for a moment brother and sister in Christ. Pause and think for a moment that the light of God, the light of the knowledge of God, the light of the gospel message, shines in our hearts. The light is inside of you Christian! Therefore, of the light is veiled. If the light is dim, if the light is not making it to those around you then why?
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 ESV
Do you hide the light in your heart? Are you fearful to expose your heart of light to the world? Paul understood that there are risks and there are abuses for those that open their heart for the world to see. The god of this world wants you to hide you light. This evil god wants the dead to remain so in darkness and Paul addressed that with these wonderful words of realism and encouragement.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 ESV
March on spiritual warrior of God. Take up the spiritual weapons and walk right into that ridicule, that mockery, that persecution, that loss of a job, even that death in this life if so called because of the surpassing power of God is there at work. Let that light shine. Eternity is at stake.