WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19
“…among the nations…”
1 Timothy 3:16 ESV
HERALD TO THE NATIONS
Studdert Kennedy tells of an explorer who brought back a chameleon which his household affectionately named Billy the Lizard. The explorer left Billy in the care of his butler who showed him to his many friends and associates. When the explorer returned, he asked how Billy was. “Well, sir,” said the butler, “it was like this. We put Billy on the green rug and he turned as green as Ireland. We put him on the red rug he turned as red as Russia. Then some fool put him on a patchwork quilt, and poor Billy burst into a million pieces.” Says Kennedy: “The world we live in is a patchwork quilt, a bewildering complex…patched with the colors of the rainbow.”
“The nations” are a patchwork with many kinds of people. Over the last couple of days, we have learned that a herald is someone who proclaims an important message. In 1Timothy 3:16 Paul taught that the gospel message needs to be proclaimed to “the nations.” Pastor Mike taught us Sunday, the Christmas story is for the nations. This means people who are different than us. Jesus is a friend of sinners. We need to be true friends to people who don’t know about Christ and let them know.
How are “nations” represented in your sphere of influence: your school, your workplace, your neighborhood, your gym and even your own family? As you can see, we don’t have to travel overseas to share the message of Christmas with the nations. Ask God to lead you to someone not like you today, with whom you can discuss the meaning of Christmas.