By Leonard Lauriault: Quay County Sun Columnist
Recently, some commercials have promoted products using claims of having “good news” in light of present bad conditions. You’ve probably seen them: The world’s about to be destroyed (or something at least as dramatic), but I have good news, I just saved hundreds of dollars on my car insurance.” Another ad describes the arthritic pain for which you’ve found relief and encouraging you to share the good news about the product that brought the relief with everyone you know who also suffers.
Sadly, while recently looking for church furniture, I noticed one catalog cover that said, “Spread the Word! We’re Your Multimedia Source.” Another company had lower prices and shipping costs. It really is too bad when people view godliness primarily as a means of financial gain (1 Timothy 6: 5-10; 5: 17; 1 Corinthians 9: 14, 9-11).
Anyway, everybody wants to hear good news, even if it doesn’t necessarily apply to them, because it gives them hope that some good news will eventually come along that is for them. For example, some guy without medical training might save their life someday just because he slept well the previous night.
Fact is, the world will be destroyed (2 Peter 3: 3-15). But I have Good News, while the God who created this world will destroy it just at the right time, he’s also provided life assurance – eternal life assurance (1 John 5: 13). Before the destruction, he’s going to rescue his people to spend eternity with him (Matthew 24: 21, 22; 30, 31; 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18). And that’s not all; you don’t have to pay any premium (Romans 3: 22-26; 6: 23).
Secondly, all of us have suffered pain, disappointment, and/or some other malady. But some of us have Good News to share with those who are still suffering. Most pain relievers give relief in the short-term and must be taken again with little or no long-term effect.
Our Good News cures the suffering for eternity, even after the world ends. Still, the directions for our Good News prescription also say to take regular doses, promising that the long-term effect of continued use is positively cumulative rather than causing negative side effects similar to other medications (2 Corinthians 4: 16-18; Acts 2: 42-47; 1 Timothy 4: 8).
Everyone who’s been relieved by the prescribed Good News against suffering is to share it with others (2 Corinthians 1: 3-8). This truly is an unregulated product in regard to distribution (Acts 6: 1-7; 19: 47-49; 5: 42). That, in itself, is Good News; but, there’s more – like the eternal life assurance, it’s totally free, no premium to try to save money on and no copays. The dosage is the same for everyone and all anyone has to do is follow the manufacturer’s directions (John 14: 15-21; Acts 10: 34, 35). That’s the only requirement – reading and following the directions exactly, which is not at all difficult (2 Timothy 3: 15-17; Luke 6: 46-49; 1 John 5: 3; 1: 5-9).
Finally, having a comfortable bed helps us have a restful night, but true rest that allows us to accomplish great feats, like life-saving, comes to those who know they’ve completed their present responsibilities and are making significant progress toward the ultimate goal (Genesis 2: 1, 2; Hebrews 4: 1-11). Although you know your task ahead is great and will take time, perhaps a lifetime, to accomplish, you’ve read and followed the directions. So you can see even the slightest progress each day, allowing you to rest each night (Philippians 3: 10-16).
I love the old song, “Anywhere with Jesus,” because it reminds me that, “Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go,” and not be afraid. “Anywhere with Jesus I am not alone.” He even points the way. “Anywhere with Jesus I can go to sleep,” because, “anywhere with Jesus is home sweet home.”
Now while I can rest well knowing Jesus is with me (Matthew 11: 28-30; 28: 18-20; Hebrews 13: 5, 6), I probably won’t save anyone’s life like the guy in the commercial, but I can give you a give you a word of encouragement (Acts 13: 14-49; Romans 15: 4-6; Philippians 2: 1-4). Your eternal life might be saved, then, if you know that I shared the Good News with you because of Jesus’ love for you and me (Matthew 5: 14-16; 1 John 4: 7-19). While he’s the Great Physician and does the healing, he uses us as his physician’s assistants to save lives (1 Timothy 4: 15, 16; Acts 11: 14).
Heard any better news lately? Whatever you’re told, always check you source to make sure you’re getting the right deal (Acts 17: 11).
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the church of Christ.