Some time afterward he went on through towns and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him,
There are a few things that make us shy away from sharing the good news regularly. Here is a list of some that comes to mind. I am sure I have experience each one at one point or the other.
1) We really do not know that the message of the kingdom is good news because we have not yet experienced it at good news. I believe that anyone who does not see salvation and relationship with God as good news, awesome news really will not be able to share the message regularly
2) We think that it is our responsibility to make the people receive it with gladness. A look at the parable of the sower (Luke 8: 4-15) will show to us that we are only responsible for casting the seed every where. Different people will respond to the message in different ways at different points in their life. Someone who is hostile today can be very receptive tomorrow. I am reminded and encouraged to keep studying, keep sharing and keep watching to see the result of the sharing.
3) We are discouraged by the hostile reactions of some of the people – I agree that some people may respond with hostility, or some may simply reject the message and we assume that they are rejecting us or that we don’t know how to share the good news. Well the parable reminds us also that when people respond negatively (just like we did at first), it is because of what we are going through right now and the words sown can bring about a big change when next we meet this same people.
4) We think we are not good speakers and we assume that preaching from the Bible is the only authentic sharing of the gospel – Well I have since learnt that, the most powerful way to share the gospel is to read it, have compassion on people and tell them the secret of our “success” – JESUS.
Well my prayer is that I will take hold of every opportunity that opens up to make someone’s day or life by introducing them to the singular most powerful human that ever walked on earth. The one who surely will change their lives if they take the time to get to know Him.
This chapter reminds amongst many other things that sharing the good news of the kingdom of God is a natural and automatic response to our knowing and experiencing this kingdom. I find that I am usually unable to stop myself from sharing the good news of the kingdom in one way or the other. However, this verse reminds me once again that this was Jesus primary assignment and it should be ours also.