Friday, April 3, 2009

Pure Joy!

He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter ... 
Acts 10:3-5 

Why did the Lord send an angel to tell Cornelius to find Peter? Why didn’t the angel himself share the Gospel with Cornelius? I believe the reason is that it is not the job of angels to share the Gospel. It’s ours. God could thunder the Gospel from heaven if He so desired. But He’s chosen to use you and me as instruments to tell people His Good News. If we ever get it through our heads that the Gospel really is good news, we wouldn’t need classes or motivational seminars on witnessing. Telling people that the Lord loves them — that every sin they’ve ever committed, are committing, or will commit is forgiven because of Jesus’ death on the Cross — is not a burden. It’s a privilege! Talking about religion is a pain; but sharing the Gospel is pure joy.

Daniel 12:3 says those who turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars forever. If you’re a soul-winner, a Good News-sharer, you’re going to shine — not only in heaven, but here on earth as well. How long has it been since you looked someone in the eye and said, ‘I’ve got Good News for you!’? A week? A month? If you feel kind of dull and burned-out, share the Gospel and shine once again!

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