Day 255 – Sharing Good News
On: July 13, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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Chapter 20 exposes the reality that the gospel of Jesus Christ will be meaningless, not good news, to those tuned to a worldly mindset.
The chapter opens with a challenge to the source of Jesus’s authority to carry out His radical teaching and miracles. His response, to challenge how “religion” had been falsely exercised over the years, is red rag to a bull and a shoot out ensues as the religious leaders retaliate with more challenges of their own, each of which Jesus disarms by opening up completely fresh insight into the ways and priorities of the Kingdom of God.
After centuries of revelation through Old Testament prophets and three years of teaching and demonstrations of power by Jesus, you’d have thought people would have got the message. But they hadn’t, and nor do people today. Sadly this is the case for many who profess faith, as well as those who do not. This is because the gospel is a spiritual message that makes little sense to self sufficient human minds and proud hearts.
It can only be understood and embraced with the revelation of the Holy Spirit: The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:14
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:4
A danger immediately presents itself: those of us “on the inside” can get all superior about those who cannot grasp the gospel. It is a danger that must be avoided at all costs, otherwise we are falling straight into the trap in which Jesus’s challengers found themselves ensnared.
How can I share the gospel in a way that makes sense? I would suggest that arguing it out (“I’m right and you’re not”!) will get nowhere. This 3 point plan may help to identify a practical and effective way of passing on the good news.
1. Discern what the Holy Spirit is up to; and on whom is he moving? This will only be revealed through intercession, observation, conversation and reflection … before action.
2. Parallel to this, I need to understand how the gospel is good news in the context of the lives of those I share my days with. This will include exploring what the Bible has to say about my daily work, both specifically and through broader principals. I also ask myself the question: if God was in charge of my workplace, how would His priorities differ from those that currently prevail?
3. Having done my homework – and yes, there is serious work involved here – it will have become clearer where God is at work and how He might want to transform me and my workplace. Rather than feeling woefully inadequate, as many Christians do when considering sharing their beliefs (“it feels so personal”), I will be equipped with a robust, relevant and radical approach to everyday issues that will open the door to the question “what makes you tick in that way?”
Here’s a perspective to ponder: all of us are priests, with workplaces our parish, and the sectors we work in our diocese.
Will I accept my calling? Will I undergo the necessary training? Will I exercise my ministry?