Run And Tell That!

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2 Timothy 2:2

2015 Frieda P. Smith

Last night about 9:45 p.m., I received a text message from my godfather in the ministry, Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore, Sr. that simply said, “Did you hear the news?” I responded, “What news?”

He did not respond for about 20 minutes. While I waited, I grabbed my tablet and clicked on my CNN app, thinking maybe something happened to the President or the Pope. Nothing. Finally, he called me, and advised that he was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Board for Faith Based Partnerships. I was delighted for him, as he is well deserving of the appointment.

This morning, as soon as our Five Minutes With God prayer conference call ended at 7:05 am, I sent a message out to the Rehoboth Church Family, letting them know of Dr. Baltimore’s appointment. It was good news, and I wanted to run and tell it.

In our text that serves as the foundation of our inspirational message on today, the Apostle Paul wrote these words, recorded in 2nd Timothy 2:2, “And the things that you heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also”.

My friends, where would we be if Jesus’ followers ignored the Great Commission (Matthew 28:9-20)? What if they never shared the message of the Gospel with others? What if they kept what they heard and learned about Jesus to themselves? What if the Gospel never reached us?

Do you realize there are people in our lives who have yet to hear the Gospel? Just because they have been to church does not mean they have heard the Gospel, because keeping it real, a lot of churches these days are not preaching the Gospel. They are preaching about prosperity, increase, and money.

However, the Gospel is not about materialistic things. The Gospel is not about money and increase. The Gospel is about Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins.

You see, Jesus does not care how much money we have. He does not care where we live. He does not care about our past. He came to save the lost (that’s us!). Jesus offered Himself—His body—as a sacrifice to atone for all of our sins. He died for our sins and God raised Him from the dead on the third day (John 20). Romans 10:9 reads, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”.

Run and tell that!

Can we keep it real for a moment? Some of the most watched television shows are back on: Empire, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away With Murder. There is nothing wrong with keeping up with your favorite TV shows—I’m a fan of two of them myself. However, there is a problem when the people of God spend more time talking about Cookie and Lucius than they spend talking about Jesus! (Say Amen anyhow!)

My friends, we cannot afford to waste a lot of time talking about what is happening on Empire and Scandal, because people—some in our own families—are dying and on their way to hell. We need to be telling them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Therefore, for those of us who have heard and received the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is our responsibility to share it with “faithful men” (and women) who will “teach others also”.

In others words, since we tell everything else…

Run and tell that!

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