The valley of Baca was a smelly dump site lying outside the city gates of Jerusalem. It smelled of waste and was unliveable because of the stench and disease associated with it. It was an awful place.
A comparison can be made to some of the cities in in our own country. There are places in Los Angeles a person will not pass through because of the danger of gangs and crime. The apostle John wrote, "The whole world lieth in wickedness"(1 Jn 5.19).Our job is to bring it out of this stench by preaching the gospel. "And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places"(Is 58.12a).
We turn our world right-side up by obeying Christ's command to preach the gospel, replacing hatred with brotherly love and kindness and selfishness with good will. We give others the chance to believe on Christ and be born into the family of God by telling them the good news (1 Jn 5.1).Then they have fellowship with us, "and truly our fellowship is with God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ"(1 Jn 1.3b). There are only two kinds of people in the world, believers and unbelievers. We bring unbelievers over to the good side by preaching the gospel to them.
To preach the gospel simply ask another if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.) and tell them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day"(1 Cor 15. 1-4).Something supernatural occurs the instant they believe on Christ. They become born of God(1 Jn 5.1). "I have begotten you through the gospel"(1 Cor 4.15),wrote Paul. Then they produce good fruit, for "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law"(Gal 5.22-23).
Let's go outside the city gates (our homes) into our city, state, country and world and rid it of the stench of sin by preaching the good news to others. Passing through the valley of Baca, let's make it a well.
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