John the Baptist sent his own disciples to Jesus, asking if he was the one promised or should they wait for another. Jesus responded “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.” (Luke 7:22) Have you heard the Good News? And if so, who told you?
I was a preacher’s kid, so I had no possible chance of not hearing. I heard the Good News every Sunday School, 11 am service, Sunday night, Wednesday night, revival week and cottage prayer meeting. Not everyone that hears the Gospel responds. Some kids grow up in church against their will and ultimately reject all of its teachings. But if you are a Christian believer, then at some point you heard the Gospel message and responded. Think about it; it may have been in a church sanctuary on a Sunday morning, but some of you came to faith in other ways. Perhaps you attended Vacation Bible School one summer, or went to an event with a friend. Maybe you had a praying grandmother, answered the door to a missionary, or stopped and listened to a street preacher. If you are a person of faith, someone shared with you what Christ had done for them. Which brings me to my next question:
Have you told others what Christ did for you?
You heard the good news, the Gospel message, and came to faith in Christ. Jesus made it possible, but someone either shared his story, lead you in prayer, or explained the Romans Road. Ephesians 4 describes the different spiritual gifts but says there is one Lord and one baptism. We are all called to do the work of an evangelist. Any Christian should be able to share with another person what God has done. It does not have to be in front of a church sanctuary or on a mission field around the world. It can be with a next door neighbor, a close friend, or with church kids on a Wednesday evening. Your spiritual gift could be coaching a ball team or baking cookies and cakes. The VBS recreation leader shares the Good News as certainly as a traveling tent preacher (and perhaps to an easier audience).
Those of us who know the Gospel have a responsibility to the Gospel. Freely it was given to you, now freely give (Matt 10:8, paraphrase). Have you shared the Good News?