On Friday in Shepherd’s Bush, Josephine and I served with St. Stephens Church to feed about 400 people in celebration of the opening of the Olympics. It was a wonderful day with many people taking pictures with the Olympic torch as Bob Mayo, vicar of St. Stephens, received the honour of running one leg of the relay.
Some of the folks who came were people who I met at the film club for the homeless over the past year. I asked how they knew about the BBQ. “My friends told me – they said there was going to be free food here.”
Homeless people heard a little good news and shared it with their friends. They shared with those around them. The information just flowed from person to person.
In 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Paul lets us know the core of the gospel – the good news – the beautiful news in biblical terms:
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures
Paul finishes this section of his letter in verse 10 with a few comments on how the grace of God has impacted him. He writes: “I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”
Paul understood that this news needed to be carried to others. He worked as hard as humanly possible to get the gospel out. And yet – Paul was always aware that it was God working through him. Paul had heard the beautiful news of God’s grace and it flowed to those around him.
You and I can learn from the homeless in the way they spread the good news about the Olympic BBQ in Shepherds Bush. Friend to friend. Letting others know that they’ve heard something about good. Do you know the grace of God? Don’t keep it to yourself. Let that beautiful news flow to those around you.