Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 9 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day twenty-four with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, have been set free to serve others.
Free To Share the Good News!
“Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.”
Mark 1:45 (NIV)
Have you ever been asked to keep a secret that was such happy news that you simply couldn’t keep it to yourself? What did you do? Why? Are there things that happen in your life that you “just can’t wait” to tell others about? Why? What are some reasons why you might not share about the good things that happen to you? Does knowing someone else could experience the same joy that you have, influence your willingness to share good news with them? Why?
Several times Jesus asked people not to tell others who He was or what He had done for them, but it seems they could not help themselves — they had to share the good news. Christ has set us free with the instructions for those who follow Him today to share the good news everywhere we go, yet many of us struggle with doing that. Sometimes I think we make sharing about Jesus way too complicated. We are set free to simply share the good news of what Jesus has done in our life. As you pray, ask God to give you excitement over opportunities to share what He has done in your life. Pray that you would want to share good news with people.