Good news is always welcome. When I was a young boy, my dad was a sailor who traveled worldwide. At times he would be gone for many months.
I remember going to the docks one Christmas and picking up a box filled with special toys. I became the envy of my neighborhood. The toys were great, but I always looked forward to hearing from him. His voice, letters and gifts were always good news to me.
Good news can take many forms including contact with old friends. Part of my good news ministry is contacting friends with whom I may have lost contact or haven't communicated with in awhile. I share the good news of God's blessings in my life and hear about the blessings in theirs. I am humbled when I remember the many people who have had an incredible influence on my life and ministry.
We are living in difficult times and the world is in need of good news. The skeptics may disagree with me, but there is good news in every community. At times we are overwhelmed by the pressures of life and negativism to the point that we become cynical. If I listened to the noise out there, I might join the group. Instead, I choose to listen to God and realize the blessing and goodness in my life and the lives of those with whom I come in contact.
His faithfulness never falters. His presence is secure, and as a Christ-follower my joy is knowing the Good News of the Gospel: Christ died for my sins and I am cleansed by His blood.
This is a very sobering thought. In recent days I have become more cognizant of those around me who don't know Christ, and have committed myself to be more intentional in sharing Christ with them and others. I do this most effectively through daily interactions. I don't have to cross the ocean to be on mission - I am on mission daily when I cross the room to talk to someone about Jesus.
The Great Commission reminds me daily, wherever I am in the world, to be on mission for Him.
The Great Commission always has been a priority in my life, and I'm thankful to be part of a convention where it is at the core of the purpose for our churches. Let's join together in keeping the flames burning in our hearts and telling the good news to every man and woman, boy and girl in California.