DAY 4: Informing
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures . . .” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4
“They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’ They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, ‘It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’” (Luke 24:32-34
There is no other information more worthy to tell others than the message of the resurrection. In the first verse above, the apostle Paul passes on the message of the resurrection as that which is of “first importance.” But what is noteworthy here is not only the information Paul shares – the resurrection – but the very fact that he passed it on. Paul knew that there is no way for people to receive this “good news” unless he (or someone else) informs others.
Paul goes on to say that after the resurrection Jesus appeared first to Peter, then to the Twelve, then to 500 others, then to James, then to all the apostles and then finally to Paul himself. As Paul describes the various appearances of Christ, more and more people became aware of the Lord’s resurrection. As Christ appeared to more and more people the word spread and as the word spread, more and more people could declare their faith in the risen Christ.
But it’s not just what is communicated that is important, it is also how the information is communicated. In reading the verses from Luke, after the Emmaus disciples witnessed the resurrected Jesus, you can’t help but detect joy and excitement in their voice as they spoke about Christ to others. “It is true! The Lord has risen,” they said. The disciples embodied the sense of hope and promise that the resurrection offers.
A capital campaign is an opportunity to inform others about what is happening in your ministry. It’s an opportunity to spread the word, to tell the story, to embody the enthusiasm of how God is at work to further advance your ministry efforts.
Maybe ask yourself, “How can I effectively and enthusiastically share the story of what God is doing here?”