Looking for a bit of good news? The Gospel of Matthew is full of it. In fact, the word “Gospel” literally translates to “good news.” According to the Blackaby’s devotional Encounters with God: The Gospel of Matthew, “Matthew was writing to tell the good news of Jesus’ miraculous and miracle-filled life, His life-giving messages, His sacrificial and atoning death, and His hope-inspiring and divine resurrection from the dead.”
What have you done lately to share God’s love and good news? Prayed with a coworker? Testified to a nonbeliever? Sang at church? If you’re not sure how to share the Gospel, here are three tips to get you started:
1. Pray: God loves to hear the prayers of his children, so ask him to give you the opportunity to pray with others and the bravery to reach out to those in need. Matthew 15:18 says, “What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart.” If you want to make a genuine connection with someone, one of the most honest ways you can show them God’s love is to pray with them and for them.
2. Relate: The Gospel of Matthew is the first book in the New Testament, so it plays a key role in transitioning between the Old and New Testaments. Matthew bridges this gap by structuring the Gospel so that it appeals to both Jews and Christians. In the same way, in order to reach out to others and show them love, sometimes we too need to put ourselves in their shoes. Sure, that barista was awfully rude this morning, but maybe he just lost a loved one. Yes, that lady cut you off on the freeway, but maybe she was on her way to the hospital. However easy it may be for us to blame others, God commands us to empathize: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” —Matthew 22:39.
3. Listen: As depicted throughout the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus spent a majority of his time communing with people as a way of showing them love and compassion. One of the simplest ways to share God’s love is just to give your time and attention to someone. You don’t have to preach or argue—just sit back, be quiet, and listen.
Above all things, trust that God is always with you, especially when reaching out to others. Matthew concludes his Gospel by commanding Jesus’ followers to become disciples of Christ and share his good news. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” —Matthew 28:19–20
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Looking for a bit of good news? The Gospel of Matthew is full of it. In fact, the word “Gospel” literally translates to “good news.” According to the Blackaby’s devotional Encounters with God: The Gospel of Matthew, “Matthew was writing to tell the good news of Jesus’ miraculous and miracle-filled life, His life-giving messages, His [...]