The ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus is to testify to the gospel of the grace of god. (Acts 20:24)
These were Paul’s words when he was about to go to Jerusalem, where he would be arrested and begin his trip to Rome.
They can easily be the words for all who follow Jesus. Each of us is called to declare the Good News of God’s grace through how we live and speak.
Have you ever wondered why God wants all of us to do this? I can think of at least two reasons:
*Each person is so unique, he or she is the only one who can reflect God and His reality in the way that he/she does.
If you were to look in God’s “kitchen,” you would not find a set of cookie cutters. That is because He never repeats the same things.
When He made me, He only made one; when He created you, He made a one-of-a-kind.
The way you speak and act is specific to you; how I live and move is unique to me.
*Living out the Good News strengthens and blesses every believer, whether one is declaring or receiving.
God really wants happy people, not sad, gloomy ones! He knows that we get to savor the fruit of the Holy Spirit when we live according to His ways. He also knows that doing is far more powerful for us than simply hearing and speaking.
So, what shape are you? How do you express the Good News of God’s grace to the world where you live?