I cannot speak for you, but in growing up, I am filled with so many fond memories. Our house was the making of them. I had six other siblings, and a mom and dad who were committed to investing in us.
One of those memories, however, didn’t necessarily involve them (at least for the most part). It was a small, gold church clock, that sat on the dresser of one of the guest rooms at my grandparent’s house. When plugged in, a small man stood in the door way, pulling a rope, that went up to the bell in the steeple. It was a consistent, methodical motion, as he pulled the rope, giving the impression, as the bell was being rung – summoning all who should hear it, to come.
Now fast forward to today, some 50 years later, I own that clock. I found it among my mom and dad’s storage and was able to secure it. It sits in my office, reminding me of several things: 1) of time gone past, when I was child, traversing across our nation to visit my grandparents; 2) being that child, and how quick of a trip life is; 3) the message of ringing the bell, telling the good news, for all to hear.
Paul wrote in Romans, “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). This same Paul would later write in the same book, “But how can they hear about Him (this Good News), unless someone tells them?” (Romans 10:14).
My friends, as followers of Jesus, we have to ring the bell, let everyone we know about the amazing gift of Jesus. Truth be told, how could we ever keep such a news to ourselves? May I encourage you, start with a simple invitation, to either join us live, or watch our Christmas Eve services via one of our broadcasted mediums. It’s time we start ringing the bell.