Published 3:46 pm Friday, June 5, 2009
There are times when we experience such wonderful things that we simply refuse to keep it to ourselves—we just have to share it with others.
I had such an experience recently. It involved a medical test in which the result was to be mailed to me. I expected it to be fine, yet I also knew that it was possible for it to be otherwise.
When that little envelope arrived in the mail several days earlier than I expected, I must admit I was a little anxious as I ripped it open to learn what the news was. The words “we are happy to inform you …” made me happy and provided me with a great deal of relief as I read the good news.
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The news was so good, in fact, that I did not want to keep it to myself—I needed to share it with someone else. In just a few moments I was text messaging a friend to share my joy.
It only makes sense that we want to openly tell others about the things that are dear and important to us.
I like to tell people about our grandchildren because they are such a significant part of my life (they cannot help it if they are more intelligent and better looking than the average child—at least in my opinion!).
I enjoy telling those who are willing to listen about my vegetable garden because it is something that I enjoy.
On the other hand, I will rarely mention golf because it has no meaning to me (I guess that explains why I am not the typical preacher).
We would all do well to search our hearts and see how openly and freely we talk about our faith in Christ.
While some people are much more verbal than others, when faith is real and important to us, we will express it openly somehow.
I saw a beautiful example of this a few days ago as I visited with a precious elderly lady.
As we conversed together, she stated without hesitation that her mind is set on living for the Lord. She went on to say that she does not have a mind to do evil, but only to please God. She had something to share that was real and important to her, and she made no apologies for her stance. How different our world would be if there were more people with such boldness!
The Book of Mark records an account of Christ healing a man with leprosy. Following this great miracle He instructed the man, “See that you don’t tell this to anyone” (1:44, NIV). Yet we find the healed man’s response in the next verse: “Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news.”
What had happened in his life was too good to contain within himself—he was delighted to share it with others.
You may or may not have experienced an obvious miracle as did the man mentioned in Mark’s account of the earthly ministry of Christ, but if you will do just a little looking around you will find that God has done some outstanding things in your life.
His goodness is too wonderful not to share. Make it your goal to talk openly and freely to others about Christ’s interventions in your life, and encourage them to trust Him to do the same for them.