So what happens now that we have this new understanding about the gospel? I mean the gospel is an active verb now, and no longer a noun. It is something that is moving, acting, healing, helping, correcting, convicting, making things new. It isn’t something to simply be recited and memorized for the sake of sinners anymore. It is now for us and for them. So, what do we do?
Well, we could always start to believe it. We could start there. We could actually believe that the gospel leads us to trust God. That it heals us in our hurts. That it is helping us make decisions for our families, our budgets and our activities. That it has things to say about our houses, neighborhoods and jobs. That it can be trusted and lived out. We could always start there I guess. :)
It helps us to fight our fears, stop believing our doubts. It enables us to trust Jesus and His word, live valiantly, and make a difference.
Think about it. You have insecurities, fears and things that make you anxious. But the gospel confronts all those things and makes them fade away. Its hard to take in, I know.
You are worried about finances. I mean who doesn’t? I do. I worry about them too. But where the good news of the gospel comes in is where we believe that if God takes care of the birds of the air and the flowers of the field then He will take care of us. Birds die. Flowers fade. We live. And we are made in the Creator’s image. The birds and flowers are not. Why would He not take care of us? Why would He not be reliable and trustworthy? He is. The gospel tells us that. Believe it.
Maybe you are insecure because all the other moms in the neighborhood seem to have life all together and you don’t. They prepare healthy lunches, and prepare activities that they do with their kids, and you are lucky to get their teeth and your teeth brushed by noon. You are insecure because you just can’t get it together like everyone else. Viewing things this way makes you inadequate and not enough. Not true! That is a lie. You are not inadequate. You are enough. Why? Because Jesus says so. God calls you a daughter because He loves you. Jesus calls you a sister and one who was worth the price of His life. All your shame, guilt, condemnation and mistakes have been taken away and erased. You are free and clean according to the gospel. It makes you new. It frees you. It heals you. It cleanses you. And because of that you don’t need to compare yourself to anyone because Jesus is pleased with you. You! Plain and simple you! Jesus is pleased with you! It doesn’t matter what the other moms do, Jesus sees you as enough and is pleased. That is good news. Believe it.
Maybe you doubt. All the time you doubt. Someone says it good to see you and you don’t buy it. Your boss tells you good job and you think he says that to everyone. Your wife tells you she loves you and you begin to wonder about it. Everything that you run into makes you doubt. Nothing gives you peace. Nothing helps. Well the gospel confronts that head on. Jesus is someone you can trust. You can stake your claim on Him. Scripture says that over and over and over. He doesn’t change. He the same forever. He is the image of the Father. What the Father is about, Jesus is about. And if the gospels paint an accurate picture of Him, then He is still that same person today. He can be trusted and not doubted. He hasn’t ever done one thing to deserve to be doubted. His whole life shows He can be trusted. That is the gospel. Believe it.
The gospel assists us to live life very differently that we ever have before.