The GOOD News
always plenty in the way of news each day, good and bad. And there are
many interesting and important subjects and topics to take up, especially in
the times that we live. But, as a follower of Christ, awaiting His return, we need
to be careful not to get stuck “in the weeds” of lesser important topics and issues.
We need to be acutely aware of what our main focus is to be and never lose
sight of it.
There are many arteries and capillaries in the Bible, but one heart. There is one gospel. The news is GOOD! And we need to be about sharing it and helping people grow close to God and be in His Word until He returns to establish His Kingdom. Those around us will perish without Jesus!
“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15).”
Sharing the gospel and ministering as the Lord has gifted each of us individually is the primary business of the Lord that we are to be about until His return (Luke 19:13).
We have daily work that needs to be done, taking care of ourselves, our family, friends and neighbors. We have political and community issues that we must support, as the Lord leads. We also need down time, rest, and to eat and sleep. But as important and necessary as all of those things are, we must be careful to never lose sight of the most important purpose for our lives on earth at this time.
heart of the Christian life is Jesus, who He is and what He has done for all
that will turn from this world and follow Him. Though His Kingdom is in Heaven,
and will be established on earth shortly, the Lord has kept His church here to
share the gospel and minister as the Holy Spirit has gifted each of us. We have
work to do for His Kingdom and an incredible offer of eternal life to share with
the world around us.
“that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 3b-4)”
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).”
As followers of Christ, we know from the Bible that the Antichrist is coming and the one-world government and religion is coming with him. But, we don’t need to speculate about those things beyond what Scripture gives us. Why? Because we are not looking for the Antichrist, we are looking for Jesus Christ, and are to be about our Father’s business, not the business of the Antichrist and his short rule.
“how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10).”
for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus
Christ (Titus 2:13)”
The tribulation coming on the earth is hard to imagine, and we must warn those around us of this reality. The signs are clear, and all around us. The judgment on sin is part of God’s Word and the day of God’s reckoning is coming quickly. But, if we are not extremely careful, our focus on the things of this world will take us offtrack. We have to keep the main thing, the main thing: The GOOD News of forgiveness and eternal life in and through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! The time is at hand. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
Brian Farrell is a follower of Jesus, saved by God's amazing grace through faith in Christ. Brian is a Bible teacher and the founder of Walking With Jesus Ministries. He lives with his wife Dana in Temecula, California.