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Don’t Let Worry Stop Your “Good News” Witness

25 Jun

Let’s face it. Sometimes “good news” isn’t exactly what we’re expecting!

Some examples:

  • The parachute company says, “Don’t worry. You’ll get a full refund.”DontWorry_LOLwithGod_Graphic_Freedigitalphotos
  • 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:

We are to proclaim the Good News that the King has come to save us (1 Corinthians 15:1-8) and the King will return to take us home (15:20-24).

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

Show and Tell

15 Nov

A kindergarten teacher gave her class a “Show and Tell” assignment. Each student was instructed to bring in an object toShowAndTellToday share with the class – something that represented their religion.

Benjamin stood before his classmates and said, “I am Jewish, and this is a Star of David.”

Mary got up next. “I am Catholic and this is a rosary,” she said.

Then it was Tommy’s turn. He reached down into a big bag, took out his Show and Tell object, and walked to the front of the room. “I’m a Baptist,” he said,  “and this is a casserole!”

Now I would have preferred for little Tommie to show his Bible – but that’s funny!

This got me thinking about the “Show and Tell” people might experience in my own neighborhood. What does my life “show” or demonstrate to my neighbors? What did they really hear in our conversations?

Growing up, I don’t remember much interaction with my neighbors. We were a Navy family and moved many times. Maybe that’s why we never put down roots or reached out to our neighbors.

My husband’s family, on the other hand, loved to tell me stories about how they talk to and ministered to their neighbors – especially a grumpy one next door. Reaching out was part of their Christian stewardship.

When I got married– after I turned my life over to the Lord –I had the opportunity to think biblically. I’ve been thinking about the subtle Show and Tell my husband and I share in our own daily routines.

It’s simple things:

  • When my neighbor sees us driving off to church every Sunday but she works on her front yard garden, that speaks volumes about our commitment to church, if not Jesus.
  • When another neighbor tells a smutty story and sees how that makes me uncomfortable, that speaks of my commitment to holiness.
  • When we give our seven nearest neighbors Christmas treats every year, we are building relationships. We so want them to understand the greatest Gift, Jesus; and the Lord is giving us opportunities to share the Word of God.

Matthew 5:16 tells us to let our light shine before others. I like the way the Living Bible expresses this (verses 15-16):  “Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.”

Your neighbors desperately need a daily demonstration of the reality of your faith and walk with God.

When we Show and Tell our relationship with the Lord in practical ways, our neighbors will see our “good works” and, hopefully, be drawn to our Father God. We can create opportunities to explain the “light” they see!

How is your life a Show and Tell demonstration to others – especially your neighbors – about your life in Christ?

– Dawn

Graphic Adapted, Image courtesy of Phaitoon / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Make the Message Clear

15 Sep

I recently read an entire page of cake inscriptions gone wrong Here are some samples:

  • When my mother-in-law ordered a cake for my wedding anniversary, she made a point of instructing the bakery, “That’s Thompson with a ‘p’.” Later, when she went to pick up her order, she noticed that on the box they had written, “Mrs. Phompson.”
  • For my 40th birthday, my husband decided to surprise me with a birthday cake from our local bakery. “In the middle, please print ‘Happy Birthday Nita,'” he instructed them over the phone. “Then, ‘You’re not getting older’ at the top and ‘you’re getting better’ at the bottom.” When he went to pick it up, he discovered that they had decorated the cake with the words exactly as he had said them: “Happy Birthday Nita. You’re not getting older at the top, you’re getting better a the bottom.”
  • We had a “going away” party for a lady… One of the supervisors called a Wal-Mart and ordered a cake. He told them to write: “Best Wishes Suzanne” and underneath that write, “We will miss you.”  As the picture shows, it didn’t quite turn out right.

Apparently, even floral tributes are not safe.

  • My husband is a mortician. He found an odd card on some flowers sent in honor of the deceased. When the sender of the flowers called to place her order, the florist asked what she wanted written on the card. She said, “Write ‘Rest in Peace’ on both sides. And, if you can fit it in, ‘We’ll see you in eternity..” My husband read the card: “Rest in Peace on both sides. And if you can fit it in, we’ll see you in eternity.”

These cakes  and the flowers point out the risk of trusting others to deliver our heart-felt messages. They might get it wrong!

Remember as a child playing the game “Telephone,” a game where children sit in a circle and one child begins to relay a message that must go around the entire circle. The last child reveals the message ~ and sometimes, what the child is so off from the original message that everyone erupts in laughter.

When a message is important, we need to share it ourselves. We need to be sure people “get it.” Nowhere is this more important than when we share the biblical message of the Gospel.

A child explain the gospel to another young friend, in earshot of his mom. He talked with great passion about Jesus’ death and burial, but left out Jesus’ resurrection. “What about when Jesus rose from the grave?” his mom said. The boy turned around and whispered to his mom, “He’ll never believe that, Mom. I’m just going to tell him about heaven.”

That’s the problem with a lot of messages about the scripture. People (sometimes even pastors) leave parts out, believing the plain truth of the Word of God will be too difficult ~ too strange ~ for people to believe. We can’t help it if people misunderstand, but we need to be sure that the messages we share (especially about the Gospel) are not mis-stated! We can’t make people believe, but we must make the message clear.

The Apostle Paul explained the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. But he also asked the Colossian church to pray for him so his messages would be clear (Colossians 4:3-4). He had the facts straight, but he wanted the wisdom to communicate through the Holy Spirit to the hearts of men and women so they would understand.

That should be our prayer as well:  “Lord, help me make the message of the Gospel clear.”

Note: All of the cake and floral inscriptions appeared on “Cake Talk,” Snopes.com:  (1) http://www.readersdigest.ca, 1997; (2) http://www.readersdigest, ca, 1992; (3) Email to Snopes.com, Oct. 2007; (4) email to Snopes.com, 2007

– Dawn

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