February 19, 2016: Who Told You About Jesus?
The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor (v. 18).
Who told you about Jesus? Somebody did. Maybe a parent sat at your bedside when you were a child and read Bible stories to you and prayed with you. Maybe a college roommate shared her faith with you. Maybe you heard a sermon and you felt the preacher was talking just to you, as though you were the only one in the room. And you were changed. You may not remember the day or the person. But know this: somebody, somewhere, at some time, told you about Jesus.
Whom have you told? I hope you’re not keeping the good news to yourself. You may think that everybody’s already heard, that there’s nobody left to tell. But there are millions who haven’t heard, and many who once heard have forgotten and need to hear it again.
When Jesus stood up in the synagogue in Nazareth and read from the Isaiah scroll, he said: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news.” Jesus was anointed to preach—to proclaim good news. For two thousand years, people have been telling other people the good news, until finally somebody told you. And now it’s your turn: whom will you tell?
Prayer: Lord, make me a witness.
Today’s devotional was written by Lou Lotz, the pastoral leader of Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This Lenten series comes from Words of Hope, whose mission is to build the church in the hard places through media. To learn more about the organization or subscribe to Words of Hope’s daily devotions, visitwww.woh.org.