John (the Baptist) wasn’t afraid to proclaim the gospel of repentance. He was telling them to make sure that their actions (fruit) were consistent with their repentance. He confronted the leaders, the tax gatherers, the soldiers, and the multitudes. He warned of coming judgment if they failed to repent. He kept on exhorting everyone—including Herod
This reminds me that I need to consistently proclaim the gospel (Good News) –and to urge people to repent of their sins and to trust in Jesus. It’s not enough for me to encourage others to be “missional.” I have to incarnationally display and declare the gospel.
“God, my prayer is that You will give me courage to preach the good news. Help me to be bold in both showing and telling the gospel message. Don’t let me become complacent in Your mission. Help me to be eager to share what you’ve done in my life. Amen.”