the ideal day to spread it around.
“But He said to them, ‘I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.’” Luke 4:43 NASB
It’s easy to imagine crowds of people begging Jesus to stay with them. It must have been truly incredible to hear Him speak and to watch Him with the people He came to save.
We can all feel that same sort of possessiveness about Him if we have truly accepted Him, but we must do as He did, and help others to see the life that His death gave to all who want that life.
Adopting the resolutions of yesterday and making a promise to God to keep them alive throughout the coming year will go a long way towards helping others hear about the Kingdom of God.
After Christ rose from the dead, spent time with His followers and then ascended to heaven, His apostles went out to do exactly as Christ wanted. “And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” (Acts 5:42 NASB).
It was slow going back then. There was no television or radio, no newspapers, magazines, or internet, and travel was on foot, by donkey, camel, or by boat. The message was shared person by person and town by town. If we are always sharing our faith by our words and by the way we live our lives, each day will have spiritual significance and will be special in the eyes of the Lord.
Our responsibility to spread the news is clear. Like Paul told the members of the Church of Corinth, “You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:5 NLT). As we show others how to change their lives for the better, they too will become additional voices to hear and examples to follow.
It should come as no surprise that there is a resolution in this message. It is a resolution to help others by guiding them to the light, and to the life, that is found in Jesus Christ.
By making – and keeping – a resolution to spread the Good News and to live in a manner that is in accordance with God’s will, our own life will be filled with so much joy, peace, contentment, and love that every other aspect of our daily existence will be blessed. Making a resolution to share the Kingdom of God with others as Jesus did is a great way to start the New Year and an even better way to end this one.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson