Start Spreading the News

news When I saw this week’s prompt of “News”, my first thought was “Extra, extra – read all about it!” Have you every heard those words uttered with anything other than excitement?

Excitement

That might be the quality sometimes missing in our news. Most of the news is my life is mundane family news – some joyful, some not. It’s the glue of daily life, though. I treasure it, but it doesn’t send me rocketing out of my chair and running down the block to share with all the neighbors.

And then there’s the national and world news. Much of this is dominated by the upcoming 2016 election. You will pardon me if I confess to you that I spend many of my days fighting the desire the build a blanket fort and hide there. This desire washes over me whenever I read election coverage. Prayer is my best way to combat it, but that’s a subject for another post.

And then there’s The News. The greatest news of all. The news that we are compelled to give voice to in Matthew 28 when Christ commands, “‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’”

That reads like some pretty clear instruction to me. Yet it’s so easy to either get lost in the mundane details of daily life or simply to be afraid of giving offense. And we stay silent. And yes, I just said “we.” I’m part of that silence way too often, too.

And what is this amazing news we are to spread? Well, John 3:16 gives a very good start: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Look at that again. How amazing is that? It’s a piece of important news that I simultaneously take too much for granted and yet it also is so huge it blows my mind. This is the news we should be bursting at the seams to share, and I find myself praying more and more that God would guide me in how and when to share.
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6 thoughts on “Start Spreading the News

  1. This is one of my fave passages. I used to get so terrified of the “go” part I’d ignore the “all authority.” I’m simply obeying. It’s Christ’s power behind that.

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  2. Amy, it is indeed “The news that we are compelled to give voice to” yet so often get tongue-tied by. Maybe it’s because we think we have to be eloquent evangelists and knowledgeable theologians to do it justice? But I’ve grown to understand God wants our willingness most of all, not our brilliance. He chose to work through many imperfect human messengers in the past and He can do the same through us as well. A heart surrendered in love, a willing spirit and a soul’s obedience are all the tools we require. Opportunities happen most naturally when we ask God to reveal them to us and grant us words to share. Though in the end, I firmly believe our lives speak volumes, and it’s through them that God speaks most of all.

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