Jul 31, 2015

Don’t be Stingy with the Good News


George Sweeting, in his book, The No-Guilt Guide for Witnessing, tells of a man by the name of John Currier who in 1949 was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Later he was transferred and paroled to work on a farm near Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1968, the state of Tennessee commuted Currier’s sentence, and sent a letter bearing the good news to him. But John never saw the letter, nor did anyone tell him anything about it. Life on that farm was hard and without promise for the future. Yet John kept doing what he was told even after the farmer for whom he worked had died.

Ten years went by. Then a state parole officer learned about Currier’s plight, found him, and told him that his sentence had been terminated. He was a free man.

Sweeting concluded that story by asking, “Would it matter to you if someone sent you an important message—the most important in your life—and year after year the urgent message was never delivered?” We who have heard the good news and experienced freedom through Christ are responsible to proclaim it to others still enslaved by sin. Are we doing all we can to make sure that people get the message?

I am glad that I belong to the church I do. I pray you feel the same. To this end, as thankful people, make a list of names of persons who do not have a church home and then invite them to join us. You might even sit with them during worship and even invite them to your Sunday school class! Every church and its members do this on a daily basis and I would ask that all of us try this for a month. Who knows whether or not we might even save someone’s life?

Come, Worship
Stay, Learn
Go, Serve

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