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?