Proclaim the Gospel
A few years ago, I was busy doing school work, spending a good portion of my days in my office away from my family. During those days, I always looked forward to coming down the stairs and spending time with my wife and kids after a long day of studying. One day, I decided it would be nice to bless my kids with a surprise trip to the ice cream shop. So, after dinner, I told my oldest who was four years old at the time to go ahead and get his shoes on because we were going out to get ice cream. What he did next really blessed me and also challenged me a little.
He exclaimed, “Ice cream!?” Then he ran around the house looking for his little brother screaming “Ice cream! Ice cream!” until he finally got a hold of his little brother. He grabbed his brother by the shoulders and loudly asked, “did you hear the good news!? We’re going to get ice cream!”
Moments like those are the times that I’m really reminded about what Jesus said regarding children;
“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.””
The genuine joy my son felt at such simple good news and how it prompted him to spring into action and tell the ones he loved. So pure and sincere. I couldn’t help but wonder, “why aren’t we like that more often? We have this beautiful message about the love and mercy of God and how He has reconciled us to Himself through Christ Jesus our Lord. Why does my son seem more excited about his ice cream than we sometimes seem about the love of our God?”
We can sometimes make evangelism complicated. We often burden ourselves with the responsibility of making converts. Trying to find convincing ways to share the Gospel or trying to make sure we hit all the “key points.” It seems that sometimes in our efforts to be faithful to the call to share the Gospel, we have made it more unnerving than it’s really meant to be.
As the Good and Faithful, we are God’s children. And we are called by God to have child like faith. Like children receiving good news, our sharing of the Gospel should be as simple as sharing the good news of our Father’s love. Certainly, we want to make sure we know what this good news is. But we also needn’t complicate what it means to share it. It’s true that some people are gifted with a special ability to share. But the truth is we all, as God’s Good and Faithful, have been given a message to share with those we care about regarding the grace and mercy of our God.
Today we want to exhort you to really contemplate the beauty and excitement of the Gospel. Allow the message of hope and God’s love to really excite you. Like a child hearing about ice cream, let this message stir you up into sharing with others the Good News! Don’t worry if they don’t respond. The point isn’t always to make a convert. The point is for you, as a child of God, to “go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
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