Proclaim the Good News!
“When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.””
-Luke 19:37-40 NIV
I love these verses above because they paint a picture of a large group of people who are raising their voices for the Lord and giving Him glory for all that he has done.
Today we have stadiums full of people who will scream to the top of their lungs in support for the sports team that they are watching. I have done the same thing at sporting events or in my house if I get really excited about a game.
There is nothing wrong with screaming and cheering so loud for a team that we get a sore throat the next day, but my question is... Why is it so acceptable and encouraged to get loud in support for our team but then we can hardly find our voice to tell others about the eternal gift of salvation?
In these verses, the Pharisees (aka the world) told Jesus to tell His followers to shut their mouths and stop praising the Lord because that is not socially acceptable.
As Christians, we all fall into the trap of caring to much about what the world tells us is and is not acceptable. “Social norms” are what they call them.
Let us today stand up and tell the world that Jesus is not a social norm because Jesus is not normal.
He is the hope that everyone is searching for; He gives love that everyone needs; He does what is right even when society tells Him He is crazy.
Let us keep rooting for our favorite team, but let us start rooting just as loud (if not louder) for our one true God. Let us show our support and adoration for him by loving the lost and proclaiming His name to those people that God puts in our path.
If we can become crazy lunatics for our sports hero’s, why can’t we become loud ambassadors for The One who offers everlasting hope and peace?
- JT, Friend of the Cobbler House
~ Written by JT. Posted by Ruben. ~