Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?" I said, "Here I am. Send me." Isaiah 6:8
Think about the last time you received really, really good news. Maybe you had a good report from the doctor, maybe you got the college scholarship you were hoping for, maybe you found out you or someone you love is having a baby, or perhaps you got an unexpected job promotion. Whatever that news was, do you remember the immediate need you felt to tell those closest to you? Maybe you had to keep the news to yourself for a time. Do you remember how hard that was to do? Good news is not something we want to keep to ourselves! It is natural to want to tell it to other people when we receive it.
The prophet, Isaiah, knew what it was like to receive very, very great news. You see, during a time of uncertainty, He sought the Lord and had a vision of Jesus. When he saw Jesus, he was struck by His holiness and made keenly aware of his own sin. When he looked upon his sin, he was distraught. Although Isaiah's sin made him unclean, Jesus offered a way of redemption. He forgave his sin and restored him. What incredible news! What happened next was only natural. He told God he was ready to share His message with the Israelites. After all, is not that the only natural response to hearing such good news? He had been restored, and now, he was compelled to spread that message to others.
Like Isaiah, if we have placed our faith in Jesus and committed to follow Him, we, too, have received the greatest news we will ever hear. Yet, how often do we keep that news to ourselves? Sometimes fear gets in the way and we let that fear keep us from sharing our faith with others. Sometimes we let our busyness keep us from telling others about the Lord. Friends, if the Lord changed our lives in such a radical way, how can we keep that good news to ourselves? We should be spreading this good news to everyone we know. Let's be people who boldly share the good news of Jesus with other people!
Do you remember the last time you gave someone really good news? You were probably so excited that you were practically bursting with the news, struggling to contain it. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest news, yet so often we keep it to ourselves. How often do you share your faith with other people? Many of us would probably say that we do not share our faith very often. Today, ask God to give you opportunities to share your faith this week. Then, start looking for the opportunities. He will be faithful to provide them!
Read Matthew 28:16-20 (NLT)
Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
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