Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
What kind of people do you like to be around? When you’re having difficulty or need help, who do you call on? Or better still, are there people you know that will see your need and offer to help without being asked? Isn’t it wonderful to have friends who encourage us and we don’t have to watch our backs around them. They are kind, considerate and thoughtful.
The past couple of days a friend and I were talking about the incredible good news that the Gospel is. Then this morning I was reading this in Luke about Jesus and was impressed with how this verse also provides a marvelous picture of the Gospel that our words, lives and relationships are to proclaim.
This proclamation of our words, lives and relationships is supposed to be – and must be – good news to the poor; freedom for those in bondage; enabling those who are blind to see again and the oppressed to be released. We are to be living examples of God’s favor. That doesn’t equate with financial or material prosperity, but with lives and relationships that glorify our Lord.
The words we speak aren’t primarily the 4 spiritual laws or just a ‘verbal presentation of the gospel’. But our words speak of kindness, encouragement, integrity and honor. We mean what we say and our words do not reflect anger. We don’t gossip and say unkind things. Think of having a reputation where if someone was told you had said or done something negative, it wouldn’t be believed. The response would be, “He or she doesn’t do that.”
God’s intention is for us as Christians to live such lives. He wants everything about us to be consistent with and reflective of the Gospel. That is good news because Godliness is attractive. People will be drawn to Him because they know us. This includes both Christians and non-Christians. Remember, our lives are to be all about Him. What an incredible privilege we have!