How committed are you to spreading the Good News?
JB Bernstein has traveled halfway across the world to India as a last-ditch effort to save his business. As a professional sports agent, he is in desperate need of new clients, and he believes he can find them in India. He plans to stage a reality TV show to discover the best pitchers India has to offer, and take those pitchers back to the United States to tryout for professional Major League Baseball teams. He has faced culture shock, corrupt business practices, and language barriers, but finally, the flyers advertising the contest are ready. Bernstein’s only question is: how do they spread the word?
Good News, Enthusiasm, Evangelism, Gospel, Salvation
JB Bernstein leaves his hotel with his new partner, Anit, to start spreading the word about the contest. Though Bernstein is prepared for the labor, his driver, Vivek, assures him that Indians are very good about spreading news. From here, there are flashes of children carrying boxes filled with the reality show’s flyers. They run through the streets, passing them out indiscriminately to everyone they see. It’s making news headlines, with anchors on air debating whether or not baseball can catch on in a country so in love with cricket. The flyers keep getting passed around to clamoring children, barbers, shopkeepers, and soon, the whole country has heard about the opportunity to win $1 million. The news takes their community by storm, and soon enough, there’s not a single person who doesn’t know about the contest.
Look at how excited the children get over the news that someone in their community could win $1 million and a chance to play Major League Baseball. They yell, they throw flyers to anybody with hands, and they clearly cannot stop sharing the story about the contest. It’s such good news to them, and they want everyone to know about it. The good news they share is about money and a job. Not even that people will get the money or the job, just information about a chance to win some money and get a job. Their excitement, enthusiasm, and energy about a temporal goal would put most of us to shame. As Christians, we’ve been given the ultimate Good News. Ephesians 2:8 calls the grace of God a “gift” for us. And humans are in desperate need of this gift. When God created us, He created us in perfect relationship with Him, and with each other (Genesis 2:25). But after Adam and Eve thought that they knew better than God, they broke that relationship, and humans have been separated from Him because of sin ever since. And that is a universal condition: Romans 3:23 clearly states that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standards. And the consequences of that sin is dire; Romans 6:23 says that we must die to pay for the sin in our lives. However, the verse doesn’t stop there. There is hope for us, and that hope rests in Christ. Through Him, and His sacrifice, we can have eternal life! It is a free gift, an eternal gift, readily available for anyone who seeks it (Matthew 7:7-8). And we aren't talking about an eternal gift available only to one lucky, recipient. God has extended this gift of grace to everyone -- all we need to do is receive it. And then Jesus commands us to share it (Matt. 28:19-20). Think about it: if Jesus really was God in human flesh, really lived a perfect life that no one else could, and died in the place we deserved to die, then that changes everything. No longer are we condemned to spend an eternity separated from our Maker, our God. And if you know that, then there’s cause to celebrate. There’s cause to share the incredible news, so much more so than just the opportunity to win $1 million. We have guaranteed salvation and eternity to spend in perfect relationship with God. So share it! Don’t hoard it for yourself, let the world know the best “Good News” they could ever hear.