Monday, July 20, 2009

What's Your Message?

The Apostle Paul says “My life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love”. Acts 20:24 (NLT)

You and I have been given assignments from the Lord. We have a “general assignment” that is the same for all of us, and that is to turn people into fully devoted followers of Christ. “For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ's ambassadors”. 2 Cor. 5:19-20a (NLT)

You also have a “specific assignment”. God wants to work in and through you where you live and work to turn people into fully devoted followers of Christ. “For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. Eph. 2:10 (NIV) Jesus said, “You did not choose me; I chose you. And I gave you this work: to go and produce fruit, fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you anything you ask for in my name.” John 15:16 (NCV)

Only two things will last forever: people and God’s word. If you’re going to produce fruit that will last, you’ve got to invest in people and what God says.

God has called you to introduce people to Christ and bring them into His family. He wants you to use your spiritual gifts, your natural gifts, your personality, your abilities, your position, your circumstances, your opportunities, your relationships for the assignment He has given you to bring people to Christ to follow Him and to experience the purposeful meaningful life He has for them.

The word has gotten around. Your lives are echoing the Master's Word, … The news of your faith in God is out. … You're the message! 1 Thes. 1:8 (Mes)

Your life, including your words and actions, is to be a message of the good news of Jesus Christ. Some of us may need to read over our life message and reword it. Maybe we need to delete some things. Maybe we need to add some things.

We’re not only the messengers of the good news; we are the message. And it’s the most important message the world will ever see or hear.