God’s Good News

We have learnt so far about what it means to grow in Christ, individually and together in fellowship. In our last study we learnt about another growth and it is the growth of the gospel. The gospel is all about God’s good news. We read:

To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27 (ESV)

God wants the world to know about Jesus Christ. This was the mystery that was hidden for thousands of years since the day he made the promise to Abraham. Now we see Christ fulfill this promise by being our hope of glory through his death and resurrection for us, blessing all those in the world who believe and trust him as the King.

If we heard and believed this good news, and it is good because it is saves life, then it should be natural to share this news with those who haven’t heard it. But we must remember that it is God’s news and it is God who chooses whom to reveal this mystery to. So when we tell the gospel, why not always ask God to reveal Jesus to those we want to evangelise. Let’s pray “that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ” and “that [we] may make it clear, which is how [we] ought to speak” Colossians 4:3-4 (ESV).

Even if we are not evangelising, by being wise in our life, in our behaviour and attitude, and simply by being real and humble servants of Christ, we can make opportunity for non-believers to see and ask about about Christ.

Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:5-6 (ESV)

When our friends asks us to participate in something that we clearly know is not right, why not make a stand, be different and when the opportunity arises explain it. If you get into a conversation on a topic that deals with moral values, why not try go deeper and explain the reasons for your values. If your friends or colleagues or family does not know that you are Christian, why not start telling them. You could tell them when they ask about your weekend.

Let’s encourage each other to continue sharing the good news. Remember that we are not alone, God is with us every step of the way.


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