Hanningfield Green 

Lawshall 

Bury St Edmunds 

Suffolk 

IP29 4QD 

Just A Thought

W. Somerset Maugham, an English playwright and novelist, said, “If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be the same forever: is that good news?” Whilst the implied answer is, ‘No’, the reality is that we can easily get to a place in life where we are comfortable the way things are and have no desire to change. The word ‘gospel’ is very much connected with the coming of Jesus Christ and means, ‘good news’. However, for us to benefit from the good news requires change. 

He started His ministry by declaring that in His coming, the kingdom of God had drawn near, so repent (i.e. change) and believe the gospel (Mark 1 v 15). After His death and resurrection He ended His ministry by telling His disciples to, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16 v 15), and such was the change brought about, they were referred to by their opponents as, “Those who have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17 v 6). 

The good news is that although the sufferings and death Jesus experienced reveal what we are naturally exposed to, it also reveals His great love for us in that He went through it all on our behalf. Any who are willing to change from living their life to please themselves and receive Him He gives the right to become children of God (John 1 v 12). Are we despising the riches of God’s goodness, forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that it is His goodness that should lead us to change? (Romans 2 v 4).