The Best Message Never Heard

Complaints of undelivered mail came in for over a year in a Middlebury, Indiana neighborhood.  After a tip, postal inspectors investigated a postal carrier’s home.  They found over 20,000 pieces of mail she had accumulated over the prior year dating back to January of 2007. 

When asked, “Why?”  Her explanation was that she would get overwhelmed with how much she had to deliver.  Instead of bringing it back to the post office and possibly getting disciplined, she just took it home.  Probably in hopes of getting it delivered later.  She’s been charged with numerous felonies carrying penalties of 5 years in prison and fines of $250,000 each.

Among the undelivered mail were personal correspondence, packages, bills, licenses and even medicine.  Surely, some of this mail was very important to the people waiting for it; affecting their lives in many ways.

Undelivered news and mail is not only sad, but criminal.

Believers in Christ have the best news ever given:  that God offers forgiveness and a restored relationship through His son, Jesus Christ.

However, Barna tells us that most people are storing up this “gospel mail” in their home.  Some are delivering it, but not most.  We do invite people to church, send Christian cards, listen to Christian music, and promote prayer in school.

All good things – but it’s not sharing the message.  Evangelism, at some point, has to include telling people about Jesus.  If you don’t say “Jesus”, or point people to him at some point, you’re  just promoting religiosity.

Let’s not leave the best news in the world undelivered.

Tell someone about Jesus.

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (esv)

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses

  1. Hi Shawn,

    I loved your article on undelivered mail. It especially caught my attention because my son-in-law just became a US Postal Inspector. Of course you know him!
    🙂

    Your article is a great reminder that we are to deliver mail that has eternal consequences. Great reminder!!!

    Here’s one of my favorite sites where that message is so wonderfully presented…. and it’s not too long either.
    🙂

    http://www.cypressvalley.org/ourmessage.php

    Thanks for being a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ through sharing your thoughts on this blog.

    All because of His wonderful grace,
    Diane
    🙂

  2. Great perspective Shawn. Convicting.

  3. That was an excellent illustration of the way we shirk our duty to deliver the gospel. Very well written. I will use it some day.

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