“[Pray] that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians [6:19]b-20
There is a huge difference between good news and good advice. “Advice is counsel about something to do and it hasn’t happened yet, but you can do it. News is a report about something that has happened—you can’t do anything about it—it’s been done for you and all you can do is respond (David Martyn Lloyd-Jones)”.
He illustrates the difference this way…imagine that a king goes into battle to defend his kingdom against an invading army. If he wins the battle, he’ll send messengers back to his people with the good news of his victory. These messengers would announce, “The enemy’s been defeated! The battle is won! Go enjoy the peace the king has obtained for you.”
But what if the invading breaks through the king’s defenses? Then the king wouldn’t send back messengers with good news. Instead, he’d send a message of advice, saying, “Arm yourselves. Reinforce the ramparts. Get ready to fight for your lives!”
As a follower of Jesus you are a herald of Good News. Even though you are still engaged in the battle, Jesus has already won the war. The greatest thing you can do is to engage the spiritual battle by sharing this Good News about Jesus with everyone you meet.
Jesus, thank You for winning the war and defeating Satan! Help me to take more opportunities to share this good news with the people You have placed in my life. Help me to engage! Amen.