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 every morning and every night. Here are those powerful words from Paul’s letter:
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.