My friends, there's so much COVID craziness out there at the moment, I pray a lot about where God wants us to focus our energy on this blog.
Interestingly, when I do ask him questions about what to focus on, he usually points me away from the craziness out there. Instead, he focuses me on Him; on our purpose, destiny as SUMites, and the roles we have in our homes. And on preparing to win souls in other areas of our lives too (that part is exciting!)
Well, a few weeks ago, after yet another time of questioning the Lord ('What do you want me to write about?') I received a 'Now word' from Him to us. I've been mulling it over ever since, and it's something we're going to linger on for a week or so.
The word was this:
SUMites, you are carriers of Good News in your homes.
You are clothed in Christ. You carry My Name, and that Name will make the enemy flee in your homes.
What an encouraging reminder. Thank you, Lord. Further, what an impact we make in our homes, and what a responsibility. We must stay focused.
The phrase 'Good News' got me thinking. A lot of the time Christians seem like they're bearers of bad news, even if they're not. It's just, the message of the cross can be offensive because it requires an acknowledgement of sin. But these words 'Good News' reminded me instantly that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good News that someone can have an eternity of abundant Life, because of Him.
So then, what do we need to think about when 'Carrying the Gospel' itself in our homes?
On reflection, it seems that carrying the Gospel involves two things:
(1) Representing the character of Jesus to our loved ones; and then
(2) Articulating the Gospel itself, verbally, in the right way and at the right time.
That second one is, of course, crazily hard in our families. We know there's a difference between desperately trying to control and convert the person -- spiritually hijacking them, almost -- versus talking about the Gospel in a way that we're being Jesus's hands and feet of love. Ultimately, to convey the Gospel appropriately we have to have our ear close to God's chest, spending time in his Word, knowing his character, and then listening carefully to the Holy Spirit's promptings about what to say and what not to say.
Anyway, with these things in mind we're going to start a series on Monday on Carrying the Gospel in our Homes, especially in this challenging time of COVID. And for starters, I wondered if we could talk about the following in the comments:
How do we describe the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a few sentences?
SUMites, I'm looking forward to us having some conversations about this topic, and see you in the comments!