As I closed the door I realized that I had failed again.
The sweet ladies I had just told I wasn’t interested in what they were peddling had been nothing but kind. And I was dismissive.
Worse yet, I had suggested I already had what they were promoting. But that was a lie.
They said they were there to share the “good news” but their good news wasn’t really good. It was conditional. It was false. It wasn’t really good at all.
And I let them walk away.
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.” ~ Galatians 1:6-7
When The “Good News” Is Wrong
I was tempted to chase after them, but I didn’t know what I would say. “You’re believing a lie,” didn’t sound very loving or very convincing.
My only hope was to pray God would bring someone else into their lives that could do what I failed to do.
This wasn’t the first time this had happened.
It seems like every time someone comes knocking on my door I shut it discouraged. I can only remember one time when I felt like I made a connection. Where we planned to talk again… but I moved before we could follow through.
As an introvert, on the fly witnessing isn’t my strong suit.
Every time I shut the door feeling like a failure I plan to do better next time, but as the months tick by without an opportunity to do better, the resolve fades away. And by the time the “next time” comes, I’ve completely forgotten.
In my small town we only get door-to-door evangelists once every couple of years. So the opportunity to witness to them is slim.
The fact that I blow it every time is a bit discouraging.
But I have to remember that God gives us all different gifts, and no matter how many times I blow it, God loves me just the same.
The Real “Good News”
That’s part of the beauty of the real good news.
I don’t have to earn my salvation by getting it right, going door-to-door, or doing anything at all.
I have nothing to earn, because my debt has been paid.
Jesus paid it all on the cross.
The truth is, I am a sinner in need of a savior, and that savior is Jesus.
Jesus, who is God Himself, was willing to become flesh and blood. To live among us and then die for us. But death could not hold Him and three days later He rose again.
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). ~ Matthew 1:23 (NIV)
That’s Jesus – God with us.
1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love, and John 15:13 says. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (NIV)
That’s how much God loves us. He died so we could be forgiven of our sins and reunited with Him both now and for all eternity.
Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is.
Jesus paid it all, He loves us, and wants us to be with Him.
What more could we ask for?
Here’s The Thing
I might not always be the best witness, but my Jesus is always the best Savior.
That’s not conceit or me trying to brag. I just know I have the real thing and I want to share it with whoever I can. Because Jesus isn’t just mine, He is for everyone. The angel who heralded His birth said, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10) That’s our Jesus.
He is Jesus for everyone. The real Jesus. The real good news.
Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.2 Corinthians 10:17
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Have you ever failed to be a good witness or share the good news? Do you have any tips for sharing the real good news with someone who is believing a lie? Join the conversation in the comments below.
Here’s the good news: We don’t have to earn our salvation. The price has been paid in full. Jesus paid it all on the cross.
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