I was reading through 1 Corinthians the other day, and came across this verse, “…the Lord has commanded that those who preach the Good News should live from the Good News.” (1 Corinthians 9:14, from the Source Translation of the New Testament) We are called not only to preach and tell others about the Good News, but we actually need to live from the Good News. What does that look like? What is the Good News?
The Good News is that Jesus is alive. The Good News is that He died and rose again so that we could be set free from sin, sickness, oppression from the enemy. The Good News is that we have a heavenly Father who loves us with such an extravagant love, such unconditional love, such unmerited favour and such undeserved acceptance. The Good News is that, as Psalm 103 tells us, God does not treat us as our sins deserve. He loves us, heals us and forgives us of all sin. Now, that is Good News.
So, what does it look like to live from the Good News? Well, I believe we have a choice, what do we partner with, what do we apply to our own lives, our own mind sets? With every thought that comes our way, we have a choice as to what to do with it. Will we allow that thought to rob us of our joy/peace/freedom, or do we choose to partner with the Good News? As Christians, we should be the happiest people on earth, we don’t actually need to be swayed by the things of the world, instead we can be deeply rooted in God and His Good News for us. It was never God’s intention for us to live in a way that brings restriction and anxiety to our souls – that’s living from bad news. It’s the Joy of the Lord that is our strength, we have actually been given a weapon to defeat anything the enemy throws at us – laughter! Living from Good News means that we already have the answer to the “problem” being thrown at us…
Living from Good News means that we get to look at every situation that comes our way with confidence and courage that no matter what we are faced with, God is bigger. If we are partnering with God, then we can expect to see His provision, guidance and peace all the way. That doesn’t mean that we abuse that or sit back and wait for Him to move, that wouldn’t be a partnership.
Let’s choose to live from the Good News today, may you be blessed today in all you do, and you make the decision to live from peace, love, joy, abundance.