Ever leave an important message for someone on their voice mail? Ever entrust a vital message to one person to carry to another? Ever been given a message to share?
As Christians, we’ve been given a message–the message of saving grace. We are the transporters, the witnesses of what God accomplished through His only begotten Son. We are the trusted emissaries for letting the lost world know they have hope from the evil that besets them, and from the evil one who seeks to destroy them. We are the Paul Reveres of our faith-community. Instead of crying, “The British are coming!” in warning of impending battle, we have the clarion call announcing, “Jesus is coming! Jesus is coming! And He’s coming to take us home.” What kind of messengers are we?
Many times, I must confess, I fail to be the messenger God has called me to be. What kind of healing can be delivered in Christ’s name when I keep the message to myself?
“A wicked messenger falls into evil, but a faithful ambassador brings healing.” Proverbs 13:17
Jesus wants to bring healing for people lost in sin. He wants us to carry the message of His mercy and grace. He wants us to let the world know He loves them. He wants us to let them know the emptiness and despair they have found when relying upon the world and its temporal pleasures are replaced with joy in His goodness and forgiveness. We have the message of reconciliation. We know this message is true because God’s Spirit has made himself known to our spirit that we are His children.
PRAYER: Lord, help us be the reliable ambassadors, worthy of your commands to go into all the world. Fill us with Your attitude of boldness and urgency. Let us not stumble. Let us bring the healing You offer by grace through faith–a gift you have paid for and we have been commissioned to share. May we be reliable. May we be faithful to share with others the message You have given.
© Hariette Petersen, SelahV Today, 2010