It’s amazing to me how the gospel story can become watered down to us. If you’re anything like me, you’ve heard the story so many times that it becomes redundant. “Yeah, I get it. God sent his son to die for me, so I don’t have to. But, I have bills to pay and work to do and I don’t have enough time in my day to get everything done.” Sound familiar? We get so caught up in our day to day that we push the gospel to the back seat of our lives and continue dredging through life wondering where God is in all of it. And before long our Christian life is reduced to Sunday mornings and not swearing.
..and before long our Christian life is reduced to Sunday mornings and not swearing.
Sunday morning’s message was exactly what I needed. It was exactly what we all needed, and it’s exactly what we need every day. The gospel message is a true story about an all powerful God sending his own son to consume our sin and impute his righteousness to us. That’s not a back seat, redundant story. That is literally a daily gift from God that was designed to empower our faith and give us life!
When is the last time the Gospel brought you to tears? When is the last time the thought of Jesus hanging on a cross broke you? It’s a story that should rock us to the core. If it doesn’t, we either don’t fully believe it, or we are unaware of our need for it.
The gospel message is a true story about an all powerful God sending his own son to consume our sin and impute his righteousness to us. That’s not a back seat, redundant story.
This Gospel story is the absolute foundation of our faith. Without a heart-breaking understanding of it, we are simply going through the motions of Christianity. Everything we claim to be as christians must be rooted in the Gospel. Does the gospel have that kind of influence in our lives? If not, we should begin praying diligently that God would have mercy on us and reveal our need for this story to take root in our hearts.
My prayer is that the Holy Spirit would enable each and every one of us to truly hear the story this coming Sunday. I pray it breaks us and takes hold of our lives. Let’s not be a church that goes though the motions. Let’s be a church that places the gospel at the center of all we do.