When I was a kid, I had a paper route. I delivered the Daily Pilot on my Schwinn Sting-ray bicycle. I became pretty adept at throwing those papers. I knew how to clear a hedge and how to land one on a porch.
My job wasn’t to write the news or make the news; my job was to deliver the news. I was just a delivery boy.
That’s really what we are as Christians. We’re people delivering the message of the gospel, the message God gave us. We don’t have to apologize for the gospel, and we don’t need to add to it, take away from it, or edit it in any way. We need to simply deliver it in its raw, explosive power.
The apostle Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16 NKJV).
In the original language, the word Paul used for power speaks of explosive power. In other words, there’s explosive power in the story of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I’ve seen it time and time again. The story simply connects with people. It’s God’s story, and we need to just deliver it and let God do what He wants to do.
When we’re doing God’s work, the results are up to Him, not us. Yes, we should make every effort to succeed. But the outcome is up to God. And ultimately, God is not going to require success from us; He’s going to require faithfulness from us.
I don’t have any power to convert anyone. Neither do you. Our job is to deliver the message as clearly as possible and then leave the results up to Him.