Thursday, March 31, 2016

Jesus' Resurrection was Proclaimed

Photo by Chris Yarzab
Scripture: Luke 24:8-10
And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.  Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles.

Insights: These ladies have the absolutely best response to the angels message.  They remembered Jesus’ words and then they went and told the disciples.  This aspect of telling is the singular issue that troubles me with the church found in the United States.  I fear very few of us are actually intentional about sharing our faith with other people.  I fear the vast majority of the church is content to show up once or twice a month to church and get feed a lite meal from the preacher.  Then they return to life as usual in a weakened state from malnutrition and they wonder why God does not work in their lives.  We are commanded to live by faith.  We are told in Hebrews 11:6 that is impossible to please God without faith.  Faith stirs us to action.  Action is the evidence of faith.  Telling other people the Good News is an act of faith and very few are actually sharing.  We justify our lack of words with statements like, “my life is my testimony.”  That statement is just a smoke screen.  There are a lot of good and moral people heading for an eternal existence of damnation and their lives, in most cases, are no more distinguishable than your own.  What does show the distinction of a life of faith IS proclamation.  I am not saying we all have the gift of evangelism.  I, for one, do not have this spiritual gift.  Yet, I felt the Spirit prompt my heart just last week and I shared the gospel with a couple.  If you are “never” hearing the Spirit prompt your heart to share the story of Jesus, then I would tell you there is something wrong with your hearing.  It is His hearts desire for us to share.  You don’t have to question whether it is His will for you to share.  The New Testament is adamant about this singular issue.  We are commanded to go into all the world and share the good news (Matthew 28:18-20).  Do not make excuses for your lack of proclamation.  Rather, repent and ask the Lord for boldness and then start sharing.  May we impact our family, friends and community with the love of Jesus because of our proclamation. 

1. To whom is the Lord prompting you to tell the Good News?
2. How would you describe your preparedness at proclaiming the gospel?

Prayer: Father, open my eyes to see the world as You see it.  Give me the boldness and courage to share Your love with a world desperate for salvation.  Amen.

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