It can be hard for others to know what the “good news” of Christ looks like, without a personal story of how God has acted in our lives. Br. John Braught admits that, for him, it is often easiest to let God into his life in times of darkness. Thus good news often comes out of bad times.
Transcript: There are probably as many definitions of good news as there are believers. The good news is about the new life that we have been given in Christ. Now I think that this can sometimes be a little empty and hard to know what that means without a story, without a personal narrative about how God has acted in your life. That’s the good news we have to offer other people.
The most concise statement of what this might look like is found in our rule in the chapter on preaching. And it says that, “People are hungry for good news, that life is full of meaning in union with God.” What that means to me is that life with a relationship with God is better than life without a relationship with God. And I’ve experienced both, and maybe you have too. And so what difference has that relationship with God made in your life? That’s the good news we have to offer.
Now in addition to the difference that just having a relationship with God has made in your life, all of us are invited to invite God into our lives more and more each and every day. We’re called to let go of old ways of doing things, old ideas, let go of control, and to invite God in to have control and guide us in a way that God would have us live.
Now that means when the good news comes to us, it’s often because something bad is going on. It often takes pain, darkness, and struggle before we are really ready to let go and let God into our lives. So proclaiming that to other people, telling them that, “Well, things need to get bad before they get good,” doesn’t always seem like good news on the face of it. But it’s our story; it’s our narrative for those of us who have passed through the other side, who continue to try to grow, and change in this way of dying and rising, falling and getting up day by day. That’s the good news. That’s what we have to share with other people.
What difference has having a relationship with God made in your life?
– Br. John Braught
Question: What difference has having a relationship with God made in your life?
Who has been a channel of God’s grace for you? In conversation or over email this week, reach out to five people to find out how they came to know God’s love. How does the Good News shape the way they live? Reflect on how you are inspired by their witness and examples.