Preach the Gospel, Die, and be Forgotten

Preach the Gospel, Die, and be Forgotten

“Preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.” I needed to hear this today. Don’t we all, especially those of us in ministry? It takes me back to square one, to the moment I knew God spoke to my heart and called me to teach and preach His Word. I was twenty-five years old, married, and with two preschoolers at home. Nevertheless, I began my studies and Berean coursework for credentials.

I remember sharing my heart and intentions with my grandmother. Shortly thereafter, I received a card in the mail from her that carried this declaration, “Stay small in your own eyes.” The Lord has flashed that mini-sermon before the eyes of my heart on many an occasion the last forty years. I am reminded once again of this truth: If my ambition and motivation is anything short of exalting the name of Jesus Christ, I’ve got it all wrong.

“Preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten” is a quote attributed to Nikolaus Ludwig, count von Zinzendorf. Born into Austrian nobility in Germany in 1700, Zinzendorf was expected to follow his late father’s footsteps into government. Instead, he was more interested in theology and religious work. While visiting Copenhagen in 1731, he met a converted slave from the West Indies. He was looking for someone to go back to his homeland to preach the gospel to black slaves. Zinzendorf found two volunteers from the Moravian community living on his estate, thus becoming the first Moravian missionaries—and the first Protestant missionaries of the modern era. Within two decades, Zinzendorf sent missionaries around the globe including to the North American Indians.

Zinzendorf emphasized the growth of the spiritual relationship between the believer and the Savior. He believed Christians should live in love and harmony, and that every Christian needed to live in a faith community. “There can be no Christianity without community,” he said.

“I have but one passion—it is He; it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.” – Count Zinzendorf

My life must be about promoting the name of Jesus Christ and His glory. I hope someone knows Jesus and/or knows Him better because I lived. “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). Seeds well planted by the child of God will continue to produce life in Christ long after we have relocated to heaven. Let my name be lost forever, but His live on for generations without end.

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Phil. 2:9-10).

“Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” (Rev. 5:13).

Comments (3)
mary gibson
June 4, 2019 4:39 pm

that is very inspirational it lifts you up on high for our lord jesus Christ and god almighty for his name shall live on forever that is the way I want to be I want to be able to reach out and help give to those who are in need for food’clothing’shelter’and the water of life and safe drinking water and are in need of doctor visits my heart desires to help others even though i’m in need .1.god is first of all things those in need 3.always give your tithes the best that you can.4.always praise god almighty even in tough times i’m doing my best to do all of this sometimes thow I try to do things to big in my eyes I try to help everyone and god knows in his heart that I can’t maybe i’ll write down what your mother’s declaration!stay small in my own eyes I try and reach out and give seeds to so many churches and when I can’t it breaks my heart because I know there is another child or family in need of my help i’m on a fixed income of disability each month should I feel bad because I can’t help everyone when I can’t reach out and help I pray for all the people in need everyday do you think I shouldn’t be so hard on myself.please let me know.thank you for your uplifting words and scriptures.god bless you and your family sending love and peace and happiness to you and your loved ones.p/s do you think god is disappointed in me I hope not.could you pray for my family and me for a financial break through we are in a desperate need of a safer and better home that isn’t fallen apart our ceiling and floors are fallen through our mobile home was in a flood years ago and our home has been worked on time and time again but we keep having the same problems trailors aren’t as strong as a house is I dont guess please excuse me of going on about my problems I know that god will take care and provide for his children he knows what we need before we pray and ask for help.thank you for lifting up my spirits for our father god in heaven everytime I read your words your very blessed you touch a lot of people who reads your inspirational words of god.amen.sincerely your friend.mary gibson


Benedict silali
June 26, 2019 11:23 pm

The message is sweet to read again and are blessed servant of God..
Will really wish to get copies of your printed books here I teach people with.
Best regards


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