Proclaiming Good News

What stories do you tell? Are they true? Are they important? Are they rumors? Will those stories be important a week from now? A month from now? A year from now? Do you tell the story of Jesus and His saving grace?

We talk a lot. Some people wake up talking and don’t stop until they fall asleep. Even those who don’t talk as much can talk for long periods of time on topics they are interested in. But are we talking for the sake of talking, or are we talking about what is important?

We are inundated with opportunities for our attention to be drawn away from what is most important. We have entertainment options. We are distracted by fashion. Our jobs require us to focus on accomplishing tasks. Our families need us to take care of them. We are faced with many decisions every day that require our attention.

Jesus sent the twelve apostles out to proclaim a message of hope. They were to tell people “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” What does that mean? Jesus, being God incarnate, had left heaven to come to earth. His message of hope, redemption, love, grace, and mercy were welcome to a people who had been conquered and were being oppressed.

His message also gave people the assurance that God had a plan. It told people they could spend eternity with God. He simplified the law, boiling it down to two commands—love God and love your neighbor. He performed miracles to provide additional evidence He was who He said He was.

Are we following His instruction? Though Jesus sent the twelve out to proclaim His message at that time, He wants us to continue to proclaim His message today. He wants us to share the message we have received.

I pray we all share the message of Jesus. I pray we tell others the good news of Jesus. I pray each one of us discern what is truly important and proclaim Jesus’ message. Discern the truth. Make the good news top priority. Tell others about Jesus. Do as Jesus desires.

Matthew 10:7-8 “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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