Saturday, September 4, 2010

Sharing the Good News with delight, pleasure and desire

I just read Phil.1:15-16 this morning in my time with God. It says, "It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel." The Greek word translated "goodwill" is Eudokia (εὐδοκία) and literally means "delight, good pleasure and desire." Paul continues describing these evangelists as being inspired by Agape love and unified with him in sharing the Good News. The main points that stick out to me are 1) evangelism should literally be a "delight, good pleasure and desire," 2) it should be motivated by unconditional love for God and others and 3) it should be done in unity with other believers. Bill Bright said, "there are no happy disobedient Christians and there are no unhappy obedient Christians." His commands are not burdensome (1Jn.5:3) and obedience to Him is the key to the abundant life (Jn.10:10) so this verse seems intuitive; it was just too exciting not to share it with all of you this morning! Before you leave, check out this other post on joy in evangelism and if you have some time to kill, listen to the MP3 below (it's only 7 minutes long). I hope you have a blast sharing the Good News with delight, pleasure and desire today!

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