Ephesians 3:7 "By God’s special favour and mighty power I have been given the wonderful privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News."
That is Paul, writing to the Ephesians. Note how he describes his calling to spread the Good News (a calling that is made to all of us in the Great Commission): he says it is a ‘wonderful privilege’. And I wonder how many of us see it as that, and how many just see it as that thing we are meant to do as Christians, a chore rather than a joy.
See, the thing is, God doesn’t need us. He is the Creator of the universe, He can do all things by his power, and yet He chooses to involve us. He invites us, with all our flaws and failures, to be a part of what He is doing. Despite the fact that often we are a hindrance rather than a help God still wants us to serve him by spreading the Good News – what a privilege! He doesn’t need us, but yet still wants us to be involved in what He is doing.
And if we see spreading the Good News (and really, surely the News about Jesus dying for our sin is better than just ‘Good’..) as a privilege rather than a chore to be left to the ‘ultra-holy’ Christians it’ll shape every aspect of our life. Because we will make it our priority.
Imagine the difference it would make to our friends, our work colleagues, that randomer on the bus, if our priority in every thought, in every conversation, in every action wasn’t ourselves, wasn’t something trivial like a football match that won’t be remember in a week, but was the wonderful privilege of spreading the Good News.
Because if we are focused on spreading God’s love and the truth about Jesus it’ll affect what we talk about. It will affect what we say to people. It will affect how we treat people. And through that it will affect the lives of those around us in such a way that we won’t even be able to begin to imagine as God moves in their lives and uses us to draw them to Him.