Grace and peace be unto you.
Do you remember the moment you accepted salvation? How was the experience? I listened to the testimonies of many believers regarding that special moment, and a commonality among them is the joy that accompanied their decision. The psalmist says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).
The story is told that Phillip went to Samaria and preached the gospel. He performed many signs and there was great joy in the city (Acts 8:5-8). Interestingly, angels also rejoice when a sinner repents (Luke 15:10). The gospel evokes happy feelings, good thoughts, and motivates us to do good deeds. Scripture says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength” (Proverbs 17:22).
There are many sad and hopeless people in the world. Many of them are pretending to be happy or engaging in harmful behaviors to attain happiness. While they may deceive us, they do not fool God. He sees and knows the truth. It is for this reason that he sent his Son into the world, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed” (Isaiah 61:1).
Before Jesus ascended to his Father, he asked us to continue his mission, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone” (Mark 16:15). When we obey this mandate, all God’s children get an opportunity to benefit from the gospel. The truth is that, someone in your environment needs to hear the Good News and God has chosen you to deliver it. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the wisdom and courage to carry out your assignment. There is a common saying, “Your life may be the only Bible some people will read.”
I pray that you will deliver the Good News with wisdom, courage, and God’s guidance.