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Monday, November 23, 2020

The Importance of Sharing

By David Bragg

    There are a number of humorous stories associated with Abraham Lincoln. One story first appeared in a February 1864 issue of The New York Post. It arose out of the large group of office and favor seekers that seemed to constantly follow in the President's wake wherever he went. When Lincoln was struck with the feared typhoid fever, the disease that took the Lincoln's young son Willie in 1862, he reportedly told a friend that at last he now had something "that I can give to everybody" (www.washingtonpost.com).
    This time of year is sometimes referred to as "the season of giving." We look forward to any opportunity to giving gifts to family and friends. But as Christians we possess the most precious gift anyone can give: the Good News of Jesus Christ.
    Jesus’ great commission to His disciples is truly “great” because it contains the ONLY hope that lost humanity has to spending an eternity with God in heaven (Matthew 28:18-20). The apostles clearly understood this, as Luke confirms in Acts 4:12: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
    We must take the good news to the lost and give them the opportunity to accept. There is nothing that we can share that’s more needed, and no other message as crucial as the precious and loving message Jesus placed in our hands.
- David Bragg serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC and is co-editor of BulletinGold. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.nwchurchofchrist.com/ or his blog: http://davidbragg.blogspot.com/


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