‘I want to tell you the good news but I can’t’.
We had got some new pet rabbits that day but my other daughter had been out all day on a trip and so she didn’t know. We knew that my she would be too excited to eat anything if she knew there were rabbits in the garden and so we asked our other daughter not to tell her until after tea.
The rest of our meal time was dominated with the question ‘what’s the good news?‘
If we are following Jesus then we have such good news to share.
Jesus, loves, accepts us and he is with us through life. The all powerful Jesus who created and runs the universe is willing to relate to and know us. Now that is good news!
We have such good news, but lots of us feel awkward talking about it. My daughter’s outburst left me with two thoughts:
Are we so excited about the what we have found in Jesus that we feel like we are desperate to let people know?
Are we willing to be honest about our faith, even if we think that we shouldn’t or that people might be against what we are saying?
The truth is that if we aren’t really excited about what Jesus is doing then there is something wrong with our faith. We need to pray that God would ‘restore the joy of our salvation’, that we would grasp again spiritually, emotionally and rationally what Jesus has done and is doing for us.
If we have a faith that is alive then we will want to share the good news we have found and are experiencing!
Talking about faith in a secular world can be hard but we need to realize that so much of normal everyday conversation with people is sharing opposing points of view. Many of the people I know support different sports teams and have different tastes (some of them even like marmite!) and they even have different political opinions. If we can talk openly about what we believe rather than being confrontational then most people are open to hearing a different point of view. The other thing that helps me talk about my faith honestly is the realization that so much of everyday conversation with people is about how we feel and what we have been doing. If my faith is alive, then how I feel and what I do will be dominated by Jesus and I want to be honest about that.
After we had finished eating, my daughter was allowed to share the good news and everyone was excited as we all went out into the garden to see the rabbits.
You are allowed to share the good news today! As you do, some people may not want to know, but others will be really excited and there may be some great rejoicing in heaven as people turn to Jesus!