Everywhere I look there is the promise of big news! I love big news especially if it’s big and it affects me in a positive way. At the same time, social media has greatly impacted our churches and ministries. Some of it for the good, some is not so good.
I don’t know about you, but I struggle with this. I am constantly having to examine my motive for why I do or say what I say. Is it to get others attention? Is it to get them to do something I want them to do or do I honestly want to serve them and honor God? Am I building the “kingdom of me” or am I building “God’s Kingdom”?
While reading the scriptures, I ran across some really BIG NEWS that got my attention. Jesus is approached by a father who has lost his little girl. I can’t even imagine how desperate this father was. He fell on his face before Jesus and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live” (Matthew 9:18).
Along the way, he heals another woman before entering the fathers house. When he arrives, there is a full blown wake in process. The house is filled with friends, food is being served, music is playing, long lost cousins are chatting. Once Jesus arrives and his intentions are revealed, the mourners all laugh at him. He clears the house, he goes to the daughter who is dead, and he takes her by the hand. The scriptures tell us, “…and she got up”.
Now notice what happen! ”News of this spread through all that region” (Matthew 9:26). The Good News is the Big News! This is what I want to be part of…Good News!
I do not want to manufacture results or build another great church. I’m convinced if you work hard enough in the flesh, you can mimic the Spirits work to a certain point. I want to be a part of what God is doing. I want to see the power of God at work in my life, the lives of those around me, and through my life and through the lives of those around me.
I’m looking for Good News, not Big News, and I’m sure when I find the Good News it’s going to be big news and I won’t have to tweet it.