I decided to guest post for this publication, as I wanted to gain more of an audience to share my work with. I spent hours and hours brainstorming and praying for something exciting to tell you! After much thought, I decided to give it a break since I could not come up with anything that hasn’t already been told.
When I woke up this morning, the verse Deuteronomy 4:9 came to me. I immediately realized that I was neglecting the greatest piece of news ever told. It may have been told before, but it was like God was saying, “Tell it again!”
Whenever you have good news, the first thing you want to do is share it with someone.
Why is it that when it comes to the things of God, we hold back?
Are we embarrassed by our faith? There might be that one person that God is trying to reach out to, and if we aren’t receptive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, God has to find someone else to do His work. The bible says that if we don’t worship God even the rocks will cry out. (Luke 19:28-40) The bible says to always be ready to give an account to anyone who asks you to explain your faith:
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” 1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV)
If you are a newer Christian, you may feel that God hasn’t done anything significant in your life thus far, so you have nothing to share with others. I am here to tell you that we all have something to share. You may still be waiting for that monster of a miracle that says, “Yes, this is God!” I have news for you: God has done more for you and I before we were even born, and because of that we all have a responsibility to preach the good news.
“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15 (NIV)
Jesus died on the cross so that you and I could live our lives in abundance. (John 10:10) He conquered death so that we might have eternal life! (John 3:16)
If you had something good in your life, wouldn’t you want to share that with the ones you love?
Sometimes we get tired of hearing about the Gospels. It becomes all too familiar with a nursery rhyme. But until we get the message deep down into our spirit, we will never be in line with God’s purpose or realize the urgency of the times. It is the most powerful message we hold as Christians; the whole foundation for our faith. One way or another, everyone has the opportunity to hear the message, but not all will accept it.
We all need Jesus. Look at the big-time celebrities who claim to have everything, only to turn on the news and see one of them overdosed on drugs, in rehab, or worse. What was missing? Did no one tell them about the Love of God?
“Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Acts 3:6
Unless we have the revelation of the Love of God down in our souls, which is what the Gospel message, we will always have that God-shaped hole waiting to be filled. Only He can fill the void in our hearts. We need the Love of our Creator. We can search the whole world for riches, but it will leave us empty. We go searching in all the wrong places and listen to all of the wrong people. But what good is it to gain the world, if we lose our soul? (Mark 8:36)
Deuteronomy 4:9 says that we should be careful not to forget the things that God has done for us or others so that we might use them as a testimony to others.
“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived,” the things God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
If you read a good book and decide it is amazing but never talk about it with anyone, that book may never get read by another person and sit somewhere collecting dust. The media is full of reviews about movies, books, and even people! Why do we keep Jesus quiet?
When you share your testimony with someone, it builds their faith. As faith comes by hearing the word. But we cannot only be hearers of the word, we need to be doers. (Romans 10:17)
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” Romans 10:17
For those who do not know Jesus: I can testify that Jesus can save the chief of sinners because He chose to save me. None of us are without sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20), but because of LOVE, God robed himself in flesh and died on a cross; taking on all the sin and shame that none of us could bear, and saving us from destruction. (John 3:16) Death is not a permanent thing for us anymore, because of Jesus. His name is the most uttered name on this earth today, in forms of blessings and curses. His name is the most controversial name on the planet. But, it is also the only name by which men can be saved. (Acts 4:12)
If you have tried everything else, and nothing has worked in your life thus far, what do you have to lose? Give Jesus a place in your life today, and watch miracles unfold. It doesn’t matter what you have done, or how bad the things are that you have done, He chooses you. The good news of the day is, “Jesus Loves You.” That’s worth shouting from the rooftops!
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“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8