What do you consider to be good news? An easy way to find out is to monitor what you tell others. When we have good news we simply can’t keep it to ourselves, we’ve got to call, text, email, Facebook, tweet, or even have a face to face conversation to talk about it. You’re good news may be telling people where they can get a great deal on practical, household items or it may be all the new things your baby is learning and doing. Your good news may be that you are newly engaged to be married or that you got a new job. Your good news may the continued progress of a potential government policy or news about the fight against abortion. Your good news could even be all the ways that God is providing for your family or growing you in the faith.
All of the above are, in fact, articles of good news and it feels good to tell other people about them, but do you treat any of these things as if they are the best news? If I asked you if you thought your new job was the best news, you would most likely say “no”. If you’re a Christian, you would hopefully say that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the best news. But do you treat it as the best news? Do you proclaim it more than every other article of “good” news and do you proclaim it with more excitement and passion? For many of us, we treat things of lesser importance as if they are that which is of first importance. We’ve got our priorities out of whack. Paul told the Corinthians, “For I delivered to you as of first importance… that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3). He got it right! The Gospel is what matters most. If the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only truth that saves, then it is the best news, and if it is the best news, we should be joyfully proclaiming it more than any other news!