a great day to accept the honor of spreading the Good News.
“By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving Him by spreading this Good News.” Ephesians 3:7 NLT
The Apostle Paul proved himself to be a very effective communicator. He humbly accepted the honor of being selected by God to share the Gospel of Christ.
“That’s all well and good,” most of us say, “But I am not an apostle. I’m not even a good public speaker!”
Nervous? Don’t be. When God places someone in front of you who needs to hear about Christ, He will also place the words in your heart that will find their way out of your mouth.
God is not in the habit of putting us in a situation that we are not prepared to handle. We may think that we are not knowledgeable enough to be a messenger for Christ, but if we have studied the Bible and listened to our church leaders; if we have opened our eyes, our minds, and our hearts; if we have truly accepted the gift of salvation, we will amaze ourselves at the depth of our knowledge and the height of our willingness and ability to share with others that which brings us so much joy.
There are many people who have not accepted Christ as their savior primarily because they haven’t really heard what they need to hear. We may assume that everyone knows enough about Christ to make up their minds to follow Him, but is it wise to do that?
Believers know that salvation lies with Christ, “…for, ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Romans 10:13 NIV).
But if our “assumption” that ‘everyone’ knows this is incorrect, “How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14 NIV).
Living a life that reflects the peace, joy, kindness, compassion, and contentment that comes from our relationship with the Lord may be all the catalyst that is needed to prompt someone we know to ask a question. We do not need to stand on street corners threatening fire and brimstone for all who pass by to hear, but if we show ourselves as examples of the changes that can take place when someone opens their heart to God, opportunities will present themselves to us and we will find ourselves in conversations that we may have not thought ourselves capable of carrying on. Trusting God to show us how to accept the honor of spreading the Good News will help us be comfortable doing so.
We all need to know these main points:
We have all sinned against God.
The penalty for sin is death.
God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to live the perfect, obedient life God requires of us all.
Jesus died on the cross in our place, for our sin.
On the third day, Jesus defeated death, rose bodily from the grave and now reigns in heaven, offering forgiveness, righteousness, resurrection, and eternal blessedness in God’s presence to everyone who repents of sin and trusts solely in Him for salvation.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 ESV
Good News was meant to be shared.
Trust God to help you know how, and when, to share it with others.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson