Lysol is a popular disinfectant cleaner. It has the potential to prevent some serious, if not fatal, infections in humans.
While it comes in an attractive can, Lysol was not made to be admired on a shelf. It was made to be used. Lysol that is never sprayed or applied to any surface will never prevent anything. To gain the effectiveness of the product, it must come out of the can.
The gospel comes in a container, too. It is packaged inside a human being. Paul said the gospel, which is God’s power unto salvation, resides in jars of clay (2 Corinthians 4:7). It is not meant to stay there. As long as the gospel sits in the jar, it cannot save anyone. It cannot fight sin and its consequences. If the gospel is released, it has the power to save and the power to prevent sin.
The gospel must be applied to the heart of someone. It must come out of the clay jar! The gospel hidden in the heart of a child of God and has never seen the light of day is like someone buying a can of Lysol and placing on a shelf to be admired. It won’t make a difference unless it comes out.