“And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” 1 Peter [1:25]
“Everybody lives by selling something,” is a famous quote attributed to 19th Century author Robert Louis Stevenson.
And by being a brand ambassador, a raving fan, or a giver of friendly advice—his quote rings true in our culture today. Goods, ideas, and even recommendations are transferred regularly. A point of sale is no longer necessary. Even something as simple as an exchange of something that gives you joy has become a commodity. The value of an enjoyed experience or cherished object is enhanced in our own life when we invite others into the same joy we experience.
Proclaiming the good news of the gospel is a bit like this. We received a natural blessing from the supernatural result of seeing someone experience the rescue of their soul. Both the first century believers and the 21st century believers alike are indebted to others who preached the gospel to us. These preachers are rarely hired church staff—they are parents, grandparents, siblings, and small group leaders who faithful share the good news. They’ve been transformed, and they desire others to have the same life-changing experience.
Do you tell others of the gospel? Are you an ambassador of the Christian faith? Who might God be preparing you to reach?
God, thank you for giving others the courage to tell me about Jesus. Thank you for awakening my soul to the good news of Jesus Christ. Give me the grace and the courage to talk of your goodness to my family, friends, and co-workers. Amen.