Mark 16:15 tells us to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” In whatever home, city, province/state, country, or continent God has placed us in, Jesus commands us to be witnesses to those around us. He tells us to proclaim the gospel, to follow His teachings, to be lights for Him. How are we being lights for Jesus in the place we are currently living in?
We completed an activity called “Universal Address” where we labeled and coloured the different pictures of our homes, cities, province, country, continent, and world together! Although each of us have a different house address and may even live in a different city or town, we know from our Big Picture Question and Answer that the church isn’t just a building; rather, it is the body of Christ…made up of all Christians everywhere! Our key passage from Romans 12:5 reiterates that “We, though many, are one body in Christ.” That means that it doesn’t matter where we live in the world…our homes on this earth are just temporary tents (2 Corinthians 5:1). We have no lasting city (Hebrews 13:14), our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), where we will have a dwelling place with God that can never be destroyed! As Christians, we all have one universal address–eternal life with God in Heaven. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
This pandemic has been hard on all of our families. Daily reports on the news have been affecting our lives so much that we can sometimes lose sight of or even cast doubts on the God who is sovereign over it all. Even our classmates and teachers are often reporting the things they have seen and heard on the news so that they can pass on all the important information they have gathered that is going on in the world. When we hear news that is reported by a trustworthy news reporter, it can sometimes change the way we think about certain topics and affect the way we make decisions. The Bible tells us that God is trustworthy, even more so than the best newscaster. He is perfect and unchanging, He never makes mistakes or delivers fake news. When we receive and believe in God’s Good News, our lives are completely changed. We no longer live for ourselves, but for Jesus, who gave His life for us so that we could have Good News to share.
The church serves God. As a part of the one body in Christ, let’s go and tell the world about how Jesus lived and died for us, how He came to save us from our sins!
For those of us who are planning on making our own Valentine’s Day cards for our friends and neighbours, let’s send them some REAL GOOD NEWS that will change their lives forever.