When I tell you that I have some good news what is your first thought? Are you excited to find out what it is? Perhaps, your first thought is, “good news for who?” I doubt very seriously that your response was an eye roll and a feeling of, “not again.” Andy Stanley recently preached a series about good news and his premise was fairly simple. People love to hear good news.
Romans 10:13-15 (NLT) For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
As Christians, we have more than just good news. We have the greatest news of all time. The message of reconciliation to God through the sacrifice of Jesus. When we die we won’t be separated from God, but enter into eternity where His presence dwells. Take a look at the message Jesus brought. It wasn’t just a message of love, but to love even your enemies. Truly, the message of Jesus is good news.
My question today is one of self-evaluation. Is it still good news to you? Do you still get excited about the Kingdom of God? Think about how the message of Jesus has been good news in your life. What has God done in your life? What is He currently doing in your life? If you had to answer these questions right now what would you say?
If someone who has yet to enter into a relationship with God were to hear your answers or observe your life and conversations for the last week would they walk away thinking they’ve heard good news?
It’s no secret that for many of those on the outside, the name of Christianity does not bring to mind good news. Perhaps images of angry, hateful, or hypocritical would be more accurate. While I think it’s worth looking at the institution as a whole and evaluating why the world has such or wrong understaning of who we are, or even asking if we’re not as peaceful, loving and holy as we think, that might be a bit lofty for one blog post. However, I certainly will examine my life and I hope you will do the same.
How will you spread good news today? We may not be able to change our entire public image, but I absolutely believe we can change one. By consistently representing the good news of Jesus around those we come in contact with we are taking a step, sowing a seed, that they might come to see the real Jesus. For those of us who bear the name of Christ, we must remember that everything we do is a representation of Jesus to those who don’t know Him.
May we represent Him well today. May we live in such a way that people would look at us and truly see some good news.