Recently, I was talking with someone about what we most need in our lives for growth and I was reminded of the simple truth that we need to take in the message of the Gospel everyday. Wherever we are and whomever we are, it is of highest priority that we preach the simple message of good news to ourselves daily. In simplicity that message is as follows:
- you are sinner who was lost in the death of sin and brokenness
- God reached out to you in Jesus Christ apart from anything you’ve done (or will do)
- God has brought you into the embrace of His family through grace and love
- God has given you a place of belonging through eternity with Him
There are so many things in our daily lives push back against the gospel. People press against us with all sorts of messages about who we’re not and what we haven’t done: you’re a failure, you’re a loser, you’re too prideful, you’re too weak, and more. If we are honest, many of these things are true. Yes, we are broken sinners who need a tremendous amount of work. However, the gospel overpowers us with a different message. That message centers us within the reality that we are loved by God through Jesus Christ!
Take that message in daily, perhaps by reading Ephesians 2:1-10 Read the rest of this entry »