‘But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.’
Acts of the Apostles 20:24
I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m not supposed to do something, I want to do it more. Whenever someone says ‘don’t look down!’, your eyes shoot straight down to whatever is below you. When you’re in a serious situation and you’re not allowed to laugh, suddenly everything is hilarious and you can’t stop yourself from giggling. When someone tells you something but says ‘it’s a secret!’, suddenly you want to tell everyone about the very thing you’re not allowed to talk about. It feels impossible trying to keep it in! That feeling of trying to keep your eyes up, hold in your laugh, and keep your lips sealed, is the same feeling you get when you realise how good the Good News of Jesus really is, you just can’t keep it to yourself!
The moment you realise that the God of the entire universe loves you so much, He sent His one and only Son to He could be with you, is the moment you want everyone you know to know that too. The moment you come to know how huge the sacrifice Jesus made for you on the cross was, is the moment you want to share that forgiveness and freedom with everyone you see. The moment you realise that your ‘life is worth nothing to you unless you use it for finishing the work assigned to you by the Lord Jesus, the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God’, is the very moment you realise just how good the news really is.
The truth is, the Good News we know to be our Father in Heaven who loves us, the Good News we know to be Jesus in the manger, Jesus on the cross and Jesus risen on Easter Sunday, the Good News of hope, peace, joy and love from the Holy Spirit that sustains us through the valleys and the mountain tops, isn’t just good news. It’s the BEST news.
Will you make sharing the best news number one on your to-do list this Christmas? I challenge you to share the Best News of Jesus with one stranger, one friend and one family member this Christmas. The hope of Jesus could be the best gift you give someone this year.