Monday, August 11, 2014

Important News Must Not Be Kept Silent

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Have you ever had such important news that you couldn’t keep quiet about it? Like Ellen DeGeneres’ “selfie” at the Oscars [the most retweeted message on Twitter - as of March 2014]. Or when anything political happens, you can rest assured that someone on the “other side of the aisle” will get the spin out right away. Or how about my grandson when he got his Millennium Falcon Lego set. Everyone in his world immediately heard about it. Celebrities, politics, presents - they take up so much of our time and amass so much excitement!

The prophet Isaiah had some incredible news that he couldn’t keep silent about as well. It had nothing to do with the celebrities of his day, politics, or presents. His was more spiritual in nature. It had to do with the gift of God’s righteousness. 

What makes God’s gift so amazing is that we are completely undeserving of it. Our sins make us filthy in His sight, they are an affront to God. Our rude and hurtful words, our selfishness, greed, and lust are things deserving of eternal doom. But instead of eternal separation, God, through Christ, has another “S” word in mind: SALVATION!

The gift of salvation means that God takes away our sin and replaces it with the righteousness of His Son, Jesus. So let the nations see and hear about your righteousness — actually, not yours, but Christ’s perfection. That is something really newsworthy and should not be kept in silence.

We’re entering a new week. Be aware of opportunities to “let your light shine.” There are many people in your sphere of influence who need to hear this good news. 

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your righteousness. Isaiah 62:1-2

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