I don’t believe in the Gospel.
OK, I do. But there are days I certainly don’t act like it. Days I effectively don’t believe.
I trusted the power of Jesus to rescue me from sin. That moment in the past where I confessed with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and believed in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. I believed in the Gospel to save me back then.
But I’ve pretty much taken it on myself from there.
I confess, I’m guilty of living as if the Gospel’s power was a one-time event that got me “in the club,” and now the daily work of following Christ is all about my effort. My will-power. My wisdom. My discipline. My strength. Me.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t just a get out of jail free card, a ticket to some far off future place called heaven. It’s power for living. For transformation. Every day.
Check out the following Scriptures and quotes:
“It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!”–Romans 8:11 MSG
“Everything that God has called us to be and to do He gives us the power to be and to do through His Holy Spirit.” —Glenn Packiam
“The hard work of Christian growth, therefore, is to think less of ourselves & our performance and more of Jesus and his performance for us. Ironically, when we focus mostly on our need to get better, we actually get worse. Preoccupation with our effort instead of with God’s effort makes us increasingly self-centered and morbidly introspective.” –Tullian Tchividjian
“The regular diet in many churches across America today: ‘Do more, try harder’…The focus still seems to be on us and our activity rather than on God and His work in Jesus Christ.” –Michael Horton
My only hope to be like Jesus comes from the power that only Jesus gives. It’s not about what I can do. It’s about what He has already done. That’s the definition of Good News.
What do you think? Do you believe in the power of the Gospel?