Welcome to the PMF Workshop for October 2021. I’m your host, T. M. Moore. Each month we provide teaching, encouragement, activities, and resources to help you in working your Personal Mission Field, so that you can become more consistent and effective in realizing the presence, promise, and power of God’s Kingdom in your daily life.
This month’s Workshop is entitled, “The Day of Good News.” Our text is 2 Kings 7.9:
Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.”
I find it very encouraging that millions of people all over the world have discovered the joy, peace, and hope that come from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel keeps bringing the Good News of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life to lost souls everywhere. It is very likely that we are on the cusp of a wave of revival, renewal, and awakening that is about to break on the sad shores of our weary world with the refreshing dew of eternal life. When that happens – and it will happen, sooner or later – multitudes more of men, women, and children will weep tears of joy and sing songs of praise to realize the love God has for them in Jesus, as they cast themselves on Him for the gift of salvation and eternal life.
Gospel consumers are everywhere, and more are joining the ranks of those who feed daily on the joy that is to be known in Jesus Christ. For this, we can give abundant thanks and praise, and be ready for every opportunity to share the joy with others. The desperate lepers of ancient Samaria rejoiced to feed on the good blessings of God; but they were not content merely to consume.
Those starving Samaritans who ventured out of their famine-stricken city to risk finding help among the Syrian oppressors didn’t realize the good news that awaited them. During the night, God had struck the Syrian forces with terror, causing them to abandon their siege and flee, leaving all their goods and valuables behind. The famished lepers from Samaria threw themselves on the spoil and consumed as much as they could, and gathered up riches for themselves, more than they had ever dreamed.
But it pleased God to bring them to their senses, so that they realized they must not be content merely to consume the spoil of the Syrian army. God did not bless and deliver them, the lepers reckoned, merely to consume His good things on themselves.
While it’s good for us to be Gospel consumers, and to feast on all the benefits of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we are not to be Gospel consumers only.
In the glory of their largesse, the Samaritan lepers knew that they must not keep this good news to themselves. They ran to tell the king and his household, and he, in turn told the rest of the people. The lepers served as conduits of good news to the people of Samaria, and by their faithfulness and self-denying love, multitudes were delivered and blessed.
God has saved us not merely to consume His Good News, but to be conduits of it to the world around us, beginning in our own Personal Mission Field, among the people we know and in the places we go, week-in and week-out. We are not doing right with the Gospel if all we do is enjoy it for ourselves. The day of Good News is upon us! This is the day of salvation! We must not remain silent; instead, let us go, filled with the joy of our salvation and the power of God’s Spirit, and tell everyone we know about the mighty work God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
We who daily feast on the good things of the Gospel are called to be channels and conduits of that Good News to the people around us. And we’re not in this undertaking alone.
Jesus has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in all who believe in Him. With Him, He has given us power to be witnesses to the Good News of Jesus and His Kingdom (Acts 1.8). As we learn from the Spirit, submit to the Spirit, are filled with the Spirit, and walk in the Spirit, He brings forth in us holy spiritual fruit, especially love for lost people that empowers us to reach out to them with the Good News of Jesus. Jesus said that the Spirit would gush forth from us, overflowing like rivers of living water, to refresh and renew the people in our lives with the Good News of salvation (Jn. 7.37-39).
Feed on the Gospel day by day; consume it to the full, and glory in it all day long. Then go in the power of the Spirit to be a Gospel conduit and a Gospel gusher, that the river of life from Jesus may reach and cleanse and bless all those you know.
Here are some activities you can practice to help you increase your consumption of the Gospel and to flow the Good News to others as a conduit and gusher of grace:
- First – and we remind you of this every month – make sure you have mapped out your Personal Mission Field. Once you have done that, get in the habit of praying daily for the people you expect to meet. As you fill up on the Good News of salvation every day, remember to pray for the people you’ll see that day, so that you’ll be ready to share the Lord’s good things with them.
- Once a week, pray through the circumstances of your coming to faith in Jesus (I like to use Psalm 18 to guide me in this). Remember what your life was like before you believed. Thank God for those who led you to Jesus. Praise Him for the assurance of salvation He gives you, and for all the ways He has helped you grow in your salvation since then. Rehearse this great Good News and your experience of it before the Lord in prayer.
- Prepare for each opportunity with some good word to share with the people you’ll see. A word of greeting, affirmation, appreciation, or encouragement might just open the door to a larger conversation about the Good News of Jesus.
- Order a free copy of our book, The Joy and Rejoicing of My Heart (click here). Use this book to improve your time feeding on the Word of God. The more you consume the Good News of Scripture, the more that Good News will gush through the conduits of your words and deeds to touch others with the grace of the Lord.
- Get a prayer partner or soul friend to listen to this workshop with you. Pray for one another, then follow-up to encourage one another in becoming spiritual sponges for the Lord.
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