Don't forget what the Good News did for you
It's not our job to convince people. It's our job to tell people. Stop arguing. Stop shouting. Share your story, and the Lord will take it from there.
For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. (1 Thessalonians 2:4)
Paul Revere was a heck of a guy. Silversmith, militia leader, patriot, and excellent horseback rider. In case you aren’t up on your history, Paul Revere was the dude who warned the colonial militia about a forthcoming British attack in April 1775. There’s a famous poem about his midnight ride.
What would have happened if Paul Revere had decided he had other priorities that day? What if he had figured that he’d already done enough to support the colonial effort for freedom?
It’s pretty safe to say that history would have played out very differently if Paul Revere hadn’t made his midnight ride. As an American, I’m thankful he did.
He had something important to say, a vital message that had to be shared. If he kept quiet, disaster would have followed. Defeat would have been the result.
If you know Jesus, you have a message. If you have the Holy Spirit in your life, you have vital information to share. You have the Truth living inside you. You have the Good News.
That’s what Gospel means, after all. Good News. And that’s absolutely what it is. The Gospel is that Jesus the Son of God came to Earth on a rescue mission, to live the perfect life we couldn’t live, so that He could make a way for humanity to be reconciled to God.
The Good News: We can have peace with God through Jesus.
That’s more world-changing than “the British are coming,” don’t you think?
Think about it. Hasn’t God changed your life? Hasn’t knowing Jesus made your life better? Don’t you have peace now that you know the Truth?
The Good News is life changing.
But no matter how much the Good News may have changed your life, it won’t do a lick of good for your next door neighbor until you tell them about it. You can let the Gospel change your entire life, but if you stay silent about it, no one else will benefit.
What is the point of knowing Good News if you aren’t going to share it?
Sure, it will upset some people. Yes, it will make waves. And it will absolutely rock the boat in many instances. But in those situations, those boats need to be rocked. Shoot, some of them need to be capsized.
Has Jesus changed your life? Has God given you a new heart, a new perspective, a new mindset? Are you living in freedom, in abundance, in joy?
Everyone wants that.
Do we understand that, Christians? Everyone on Earth wants what we have. They don’t always agree on the way to get it, but we don’t have to argue with them. It’s not our job to convince them. It’s our job to tell them. It’s our job to share the Good News with them. God will do the convincing.
I know it’s scary. Believe me.
But you aren’t responsible for the result. The result is God’s territory. All you are responsible for is the invitation. Tell your story. Share what God has done for you. Talk about what the Good News means to you. The Lord will take it from there.
Questions for Reflection
How has knowing Jesus changed your life?
Why do you think we get so afraid of talking about our faith with people who don’t believe?
How does it make you feel to understand that you don’t have to argue with people over the Good News?
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