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Whenever I receive good news, my first reaction is to share it.

For really good news, I want to shout it!

Receiving God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ is the best good news ever. It brings blessing in this life and the promise of eternity with the Lord in the next.

But God did not assign this precious message to angels. Instead, He entrusts it to us. We may be weak and prone to failure, but humans are still the best messengers because we are the direct recipients of God’s grace.

First Peter 1:10-12 (NIV) tells us:

“Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.”

Sadly, our joyful message is often hindered by fear of how others will react. Will they think we’re fanatics? Will they look down on our faith as mere superstition? Perhaps they will be condescending: that’s okay for you if you need a crutch, but it’s not for me.

Young children have not yet been tainted by our insecurities. Fueled by a desire for others to know their joy, they eagerly share what they know of Jesus. This is an area where children have much to teach us about loving God more than fearing people. May you and I be good students.

Do the children in your life see you joyfully sharing the message of salvation?

With whom will you share the good news today?

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About Ava Pennington

Ava Pennington is thoroughly enjoying her second career as an author, teacher, and speaker. She moved from New York to Florida, leaving a twenty-year corporate career as a Human Resources executive. But don’t call her retired! She now teaches a weekly, interdenominational Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class of 300+ women from September through May. Of course, Ava writes. She has written for organizations such as Focus on the Family, Christianity Today, and Haven Ministries. She has also been published in 25 anthologies, including nineteen Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her newest book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is published by Revell Books and endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precepts International. Ava has also co-authored two children’s picture books, Do You Love Me More? and Will I See You Today? If you’re looking for a speaker, she delights in challenging audiences with relevant, enjoyable presentations. For more information, please visit www.AvaWrites.com.

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Pass It On! — 6 Comments

  1. Yes – amen! I tried to show joy in my salvation with children … and as my own grew, I also worked to show them how I trusted (and still trust) in Jesus when things go wrong or are hurtful.

    I taught SS for 4th-6th graders for 21 years. Now there’s an age group with questions! hahahaha! But I love them and miss them now that I’m not able to commit to teaching a class every week. Actually, I haven’t taught SS for about 15 years. Circumstances. But I feel God will bring me back at some point. In the meantime, I work to share the joy of the Lord in my writing.

  2. Once when I was in a grocery store I heard a child singing “Jesus Loves Me” as loudly as she could. I finally saw her riding in her mom’s grocery cart–still singing her heart out. I was happy her mother let her openly express her joy. We should all be that free!

  3. Amen! I used to post Bible verses on my children’s mirrors so they could read them when they brushed their teeth every day! Now they are young adults and I see the Lord working within their hearts still drawing them to Him.

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