There’s been a lot going on since New Year’s Day 2020. Television and social media bombard us with news that saddens, anger, or perplexes us. And there are so many news sources, we don’t know where to turn or whom to believe. From CNN to Fox to the Facebook and Twitter journalists (you know the random people who are always spreading the news on social media), we are receiving news from reputable as well as unreputable sources. Even reputable news sources are sometimes guilty of presenting the news in slightly skewed ways. Everyone has an agenda, a voice, and wants to be heard. If we aren’t careful, we’ll find ourselves overwhelmed with what’s going on in the world and fall into despair.
While listening to the news to keep up with current events is essential, listening to the Holy Spirit is imperative. Listening to the news can sway our opinions and influence our emotions, but listening to the Holy Spirit will help us “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord…” (see 1 Corinthians 15:37). What’s the work of the Lord? While we can debate that, I believe we can all agree it’s spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. Yes, spreading the Gospel is what we need more of in the world today.
Christ’s church needs to stand up and let her voice be heard, but we need to be careful what message we’re conveying. Let me be honest here. I’ve been guilty of allowing my voice, a voice full of anger and frustration, ring more loudly than the Holy Spirit’s. The world’s news is full of bad news. The world doesn’t need the Saints of God to spread even more bad news. We need to speak what’s been entrusted to us – Good News. Conveying the message of the cross, which is HOPE, is essential. We need to speak from the heart of Christ. Imagine the impact we could have if we spoke with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control, to name a few (see Galatians 5:22-23).
Use your voice, your platform, to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Lift your voice, let your light shine, and spread the news that Jesus was born, lived, died, rose, and sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us (see Romans 8:34).
Who knows…by doing so, you may “save thyself, and them that hear thee,” (1 Timothy 4:16).