That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. 1 John 1:1-4 (NIV)
That is what I want to do. What do you want to do? I want to proclaim you to others. Why is that? What is motivating your desire to proclaim me? First of all, I am far beyond grateful and thankful for all that you have done for me. You left heaven. You gave up all your rights and privileges. You came into this world as a man. You lived and died for me. You made it so my sins could be forgiven and my unrighteous cleansed. I now live in an intimate relationship with God. I have been adopted into His family. I have been made to be His child. My future in heaven is secure because of all that you have done for me. You have given my life, purpose and meaning and hope. It is now the focus of my life to come to know and love and follow and serve you. How could I keep such wonderful news secret? How could I not want for others all that you have done and given to me? The truth is, I can’t keep such good news a secret. That is very good.
So, what will you now do? I will make you known. I will help others to come to know you through both my words and actions. I will live the life you have called me to live. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. Most of all, I will not remain silent. I will proclaim to others what I have heard and seen of you. I will proclaim to others all that you have done for me. I will tell others of your kindness and mercy and love. I will tell others of the salvation that is found only in you. What will happen to you as you proclaim me to others? I will have purpose and mining and direction. I will have a mission to accomplish. I will have work to do on your behalf. What else? I will be filled with joy as I tell others all that you have done for me. I will be filled with joy as I see others coming to know and to love and to follow and serve you. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord, for coming into this world to save me.
Lord, thank you for leaving heaven and coming into this world. You lived and died for me. You made it possible for my sins to be forgiven. You made it possible for me to have a new life in you. Use me to proclaim to others the salvation they can have in you. Amen
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