The News Is Out

“Now the Apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.” Acts 11:1.

Honestly there are days when I dread reading the news.  Now I know what you are thinking, “So why do you read it?”  My answer is simply this, “One must be informed of his or her environment in order to make application in sharing the gospel.”

This morning I read about a multitude of things including: “increased gas prices, political wars, hints of war between Iran and Israel, and murder suicides.”  Believe it or not this was just a small sampling of what is going on in our world.

In many people’s eyes these things give us a reason to become discouraged.  But one must not life his or her life based on the course of this world. One must live his or her life based upon the course of another world.

I have good news, “The gospel is going forth and the Kingdom of God is growing.”  As this world is on a self-destruct mode, the gospel is rescuing people from this world and is preparing them for the Kingdom Of God.

This was vivid to me as I read Acts 11.  Acts 11 accomplishes two things.  First there is the good news of the gospel reaching the Gentiles.  Peter was used of God to communicate the gospel to the Gentiles.  The people of the circumcision party were confused, but Peter stands firm in the gospel.  “He will declare a message by which you will be saved.”  Secondly we read of the wonderful news of the gospel coming to Antioch.  Here we see the church developing under the leadership of five great Elders including Paul.  This would be the church that would take the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth.

So, what is the application for your life and my life?  I believe there are two applications: The gospel finds success when it is shared.  As Peter was obedient to share, the Kingdom of God grew.  Certainly God does the saving, but at the same time he uses obedient Kingdom members to communicate his word.  The gospel still needs to be shared with those who have never heard.  This morning, I was reminded that many people have only heard the bad news of this world and have never heard the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Today, I want to share good news with a world that has enough bad news.  May this become a passion in the life of everyone who knows Christ.

One footnote in closing:  You cannot share what you do not know.  “If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;  I will make my words known to you.” Proverbs 1:23.

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