Sing to the LORD, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Psalm 96:2 NKJV
What is the Good News?
God loves you and wants you to be with Him forever in heaven. But because we have a sinful nature our relationship with God has been broken. God loved us so much, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to mend our relationship with God. Jesus’ death on the cross paid the penalty for our sin (John 3:16). We are no longer under judgment for our sins. We are pardoned. We are forgiven. We are set free from bondage of sin. We call this Salvation (Romans 6:23). That’s only part of the good news. There’s more! Jesus’ resurrection from the dead gives those who believe in Him a new life. It’s a second chance to do life right. He came to give us life and that more abundantly (John 10:10).
How do we proclaim it?
We start by reading God’s Word to obtain a firm understanding of what God’s done for us. The more God’s Word is allowed in our heart, the more we become like Him. Our life, the choices we make, and the things we think about and the words we say become godly. Morphing into the person God created us to be, we become lights to other around us. Obeying God’s Word and living it out means we’ll use our gifts, talents, and abilities for God’s glory. We’ll begin serving God by what we do and the attitudes behind why we do it. The result is serving others as we learn to walk by the spirit rather than satisfying our own selfish desires (Romans 8:4). We do these things moment by moment and day by day.
Who do we proclaim it to?
We proclaim the good news to anyone who asks about the hope we have (1 Peter 3:15). As we go about our business we have an eye on the look out for anyone downtrodden, hopeless and hurting. We take special care for the widows and orphans and poor among us (James 1:27). We come along side them, serving and helping where we can, waiting for an opportunity to share God’s love and salvation story.
Where do we proclaim it?
Anywhere we are we proclaim the good news. We share at work as we conduct business, or at home while having dinner with our family. It could be at school in between classes or on the soccer field while we’re playing. We can proclaim the good news any time and any where. Remember we live in a free country. We are not persecuted for our faith, as in some countries. So what’s holding us back? People are dying for good news. We have it, so let’s start sharing it.
Why do we proclaim it?
God does not want a single one to perish but all to come to Him for salvation (2 Peter 3:9). He wants people to come to faith and trust in Jesus Christ so they will be saved. We share the good news out of love for God and love of others. We share out of respect for God and obedience to His commands. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19 “Go make disciples of all the nations”. We proclaim the good news to praise God for all He’s done. In doing so we strengthen our own convictions and help other’s faith and trust grow in God’s plan.
In summary the good news is forgiveness of sin, eternal life in Christ, and a new life now. We share the good news through obedience to God’s Word and coming along side the hurting, serving and helping them. We proclaim the good news where ever we may be all for the glory of God.
Lord Jesus, thank you for saving us. Thank you for your Word to us. Give us the wisdom, discernment and courage to share your good news with the world around us. May we be obedient to your Word shining your love on those around us all for your glory. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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