Let’s face it. Sometimes “good news” isn’t exactly what we’re expecting!
- The parachute company says, “Don’t worry. You’ll get a full refund.”
- The rescue crew says, “Don’t worry. Your house didn’t float very far at all.”
- Your insurance company says, “Don’t worry. We’ll pay the full book value ($312) for your 1956 T Bird.”
- Your boss calls and says, “Don’t worry. While you’re home, sick, I’ll do all your work PERSONALLY.”
- Your lawyer says, “Don’t worry. Grand Juries always over-react.” *
Good news? Don’t think so! I wouldn’t want news like that!
When it comes to human stuff, “good news” can always be up for debate.
The only forever good news I’ve ever known is the news about Jesus — the Gospel!
I learned a new word today: Euaggelion (pronounced yoo-ang-ghel’-ee-on).
It’s Greek for “good news” “gospel” or “glad tidings.” ** And I was surprised to find it doesn’t just apply to salvation—how a person becomes a Christ-follower. It can also mean the good news of the whole Bible, God’s revelation to us. The whole counsel of God. The complete thread of redemption from Genesis to Revelation.
Good news indeed!
But sometimes we don’t act like the Bible and God’s message of salvation is good news. Maybe …
- we’ve forgotten the incredible gift God gave in Jesus.
- we downplay its significance for today, thinking it’s not relevant for our culture.
- we’ve lost our zeal (energy and excitement) for the things of God?
These are all possibilities. We do need to remember the significance of the good news, and value and get excited about it.
But I think there’s something more.
I think worry stops our witness.
- We watch the news and worry about catastrophes and growing evil—as if God has lost control of the universe.
- We worry about success and results instead focusing on eternal rewards and loss.
- We worry about our kids future instead of giving them doctrinal truth and living out the gospel in front of them.
- We worry about what people might think of us if we get sold out for God.
We let our worries dictate our actions, instead of making the daily choice to obey the Lord and His Word.
Jesus told us what to do: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).
Jesus came to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom (Luke 4:43), and He gave us our marching orders:
And yet so often we refuse to talk to our neighbor, our co-worker, our friends, our family members. We’re worried and fearful.
The truth is,
We need a revival of the Word of God in our hearts, and an understanding of the power of the Gospel, before we’ll ever be willing to share it with the world.
So if you are worried about witnessing, pray for that revival. Get into the word and study what God has done and will do.
If our hearts are right and we do understand the implications of the gospel both now and in eternity, we will DO something with this good news; we won’t hide it away and keep it for ourselves.
What worry might be holding you back from sharing the Good News with others?
* Humor adapted from “Good News,” Cybersalt Digest, Issue #3954, 8-1-13
Graphic: Image courtesy of marin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.
** Euaggelion: http://biblehub.com/greek/2098.htm