Given December 12, 2008
I heard something on the radio that made me think…how do people know we are Christians? Do we act, look, or talk differently? Should we? How would people know? Jesus said, “By their fruit you will recognize them.“ Matthew 7:16. I heard someone say once that whatever we were full of would spill over on others when we got bumped. Sometimes what spills out of me is ugly stuff and that’s not what I want others to see. That gives my Father a bad name.
And, what if you were waiting in line to go into the Pearly Gates and someone saw you and said, “Hey, I didn’t know you were a Christian!” Not good! Or, much worse, if you were in the Heaven line which was next to the hell line and you looked over and saw someone you knew. Then they noticed you and angrily hollered, “Hey you *!#*&%! I grew up with you and you never told me about this. Why didn’t you tell me? Why didn’t you warn me?”
We will call someone on the phone or send an email if we hear of a good deal at the store. We’ll spread the news about this great restaurant we found, that fantastic vacation spot, or some new website you heard about from someone else. What about Jesus? What about eternal salvation? Isn’t that Good News? Isn’t that a good deal?
By Divine appointment, Peter was taken to the house of Cornelius and preached to a bunch of Gentiles gathered there, “This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem” Acts 10: 36, 39. The disciples had seen and heard the Good News. So have we. Are you feeling as convicted as I am right now? Go spread the news!