In most areas of our life we love to share good news. If our favorite team wins, if we get a job promotion, if we learn we are going to have children/grandchildren, if we get a new car, if our children/grandchildren do something outstanding, if we have a large crowd at church, if we get good news from a doctor’s visit, if we get engaged, and the list could keep growing. We love to share our good news.
The most wonderful good news that we can ever share with others has to do with eternity. The death and resurrection of Jesus secures a bright future for those who obey Him. There are many around the world who are proclaiming the Good News to others. Our friend, Ralph Burcham recounts the following experience. “As you may know, our mission story in Vietnam during the war years has been published and I have received some of the most encouraging e-mails from people who read the book that I do not know. Several months ago, I started a Bible study with a fellah who had a mountain climbing accident; one leg is amputated just below the knee and the other foot is half gone. He has been unfaithful for years. When we started, I asked him to assess his relationship to Christ and His Church; to my surprise he said that it was nonexistent. We use I Timothy 2:3,4 as our theme. It has been so rewarding to see his faith blossom. He started attending the men's Bible class with me, next he came to worship, and now he attends both Bible class and worship.”
I know that there are countless other inspiring stories such as this one that could be told. By the way, brother Ralph’s book is entitled “VIETNAM—Triumphs and Tragedies—Our Mission Story.” He and his wife have been invited by The Edmond Historical Society, which is at 431 South Boulevard, to an Edmond Authors’ book signing on Saturday, January 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. Copies of the book will be available. Also, it can be purchased at the Oklahoma Christian Campus Bookstore, the bookstore’s Web site, and Amazon.com. If you are in the Edmond/Oklahoma City area is next Saturday I would encourage you to stop by and meet this wonderful couple.
Our shepherds at the Lewisville church have challenged the entire church to share the Good News with one person this year. Our elders and all of our ministers are committed to reaching one individual with the Gospel during the year 2010. The elders have challenged us with the theme, “Each One, Reach One.”
My prayer is that all of us who have been redeemed will be as willing to share this Good News as we are the other good news in our life. Dear God, please help us to humbly, yet boldly share the Good News of Salvation with others. Help us not to keep it to ourselves, but to tell as many as we can. What are you doing this year to share the Good News?