Responding to the Gospel
The word “response” has come to mind several times in the past 2-3 months. Every time I think about that word, I ask myself, “What is my response to the Gospel? What is my response to what Jesus did for me?”
I first remember considering this word while reading in Philippians when Paul talks about the “surpassing worth of knowing Jesus” in 3:8. In other translations, it regards knowing Jesus as an “infinite value.” Paul writes that he considers everything that he had gained a loss in exchange for knowing Christ. That was Paul’s response to the Gospel.
I've just completed a two-month project on the life and legacy of Pastor Marc-Hancy, an OMer from Haiti, who was tragically murdered almost three years ago during a robbery. This video has been the most emotional project I've ever worked on. For two months, I've been piecing together the story of Pastor Marc and the impact he had on the Voodoo-entrenched village of Merceron. He knew that those brothers and sisters were going to die and spend eternity separated from God unless he personally did something. This was Marc’s response to the Gospel.
“There is a community suppressed in darkness," he had said. "I have no choice but to tell these people about Jesus.”
The church he started with 30 people under a tree grew to 250 people on average every Sunday!
As a video editor, I can easily become desensitised to a powerful story, because I'm watching and re-watching it countless times everyday. God used a recent quiet time at Starbucks to “re-sensitise” me to the powerful story that I was telling, and I found myself crying there at the table with my vanilla-spice latte.
I had woken up that morning with the intension of getting to work early to have two hours of being able to edit alone and distraction-free. As I was making my coffee, I realised that I had given my office keys to a friend. I was frustrated my plans weren't going to work out, so I decided to take advantage of being awake so early and go to Starbucks to spend some time with Jesus.
The verse that just so happened to be in my devotional was John 1:4-5, which talks about the light of Christ’s life:
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Verse 8 goes to say,
“He [John] himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.”
I immediately thought of Pastor Marc when I read this and started crying as I thought about his life and his passion for the people of Merceron. He brought the light of Christ’s life to these people. His response was that he had no other choice but to go and tell this community about Jesus. Marc’s legacy is that there is going to be countless generations that will know Jesus, and the light that Marc carried is and will be immeasurably multiplied.
Everybody has a response to the Gospel. Some deny it, some ridicule it, some are lukewarm about it, and some give their lives for it.
What will be your response?