Go Tell

A young ministerial student was reminded by his professor that one of the graduation requirements was he had to preach in front of his peers. He told him that he would be preaching at the next chapel service. He  went to his room, got out his study books and began to prepare.

The day arrived for him to preach, he stepped unto the platform and said, “How many of you don’t know what I am going to say?” Hands were raised all over the chapel. “Neither do I. Go in peace, you are dismissed.”  His professor met him as he was leaving the platform. “That message was not acceptable. I am going to give you a second chance.” 

His second message began, “How many of you know what I am about to say?”  Hands were raised all over the chapel. “Since you already know what I was going to say, there isn’t any reason for me to say it. Go in peace, you are dismissed.”  His professor met him as he was leaving the platform and once again he said “That message was not acceptable either. I am going to give you one last chance.” 

The next chapel service had a standing room only crowd. Everyone wanted to hear the student’s next (and maybe last) sermon. He began his message by saying, “How many of you do not know what I am going to say?” Half the room raised their hands. He continued, “How many of you know what I am about to say?”  Half the room raised their hands. 

He finished his message by saying, “Those of you that know what I was about to say; please tell those you do not know what I was going to say.”  His professor shook his hand as he stepped down from the platform. “Excellent message my boy! Excellent.”

We that know the Good News of the Gospel must tell others that do not not know. Jesus said to his followers, “Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We hear a lot about the media’s bias on choosing which news to withhold and which to share with the public. Assuredly, their decision is often based on their political leaning. Even conservative journalists may choice not to reveal the “whole” truth.

The Bible is truly “fair and balanced” in telling the truth. It shares “the good, the bad, and the ugly” truth about people’s lives. David’s sexual ‘indiscretion’ was not excluded. 2 Samuel 11. Even the Apostle Paul’s fallout with co-worker Barnabus is recorded in Acts 15:36-41 And then there is Peter’s denial of Christ. John 18:15-27

So why share the “ugly” side of people’s lives? The Bible wanted everyone to know that failure doesn’t have to be final. Proverbs 24:16 says, “for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,…” Even the best of us have failed; “Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God’s glory. Romans 3:23

“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” C.S. Lewis