These have been somewhat busy couple of weeks for me, and it’s times like this that I almost need to stop more and remember what’s really important.
That’s why this week, I’m stealing from another tab on this site- “Good News!” I sometimes glaze over the story of how it came to be that I have this relationship with my loving and forgiving, but just Savior. Then keeping that in mind can make a difference during these potentially stressful and snappy times.
‘Well, first there’s some bad news. But the good news transcends the bad news by far, so try to hear me out. =)
As you’ve probably noticed, we live in a world in which something has gone terribly wrong. We struggle with so much, we feel so much pain, and we see so much hurt. And every bit of pain we feel is the result of sin- of wrong- in this world.
BUT sin is not the victor. God is still there (He always has been), and He is still working through all the pain and and the tears, and we know that in the end, He will have won and sin will no longer have any hold on us.
You see, God loves us very, very much. We ignore Him, we mock Him, we disobey Him, and we doubt Him. But still, He loves us.
He loves us even to the point of sending His Son, Jesus, to die a horrible death for us so that we wouldn’t have to endure the burden of sin forever. Jesus died for us while we were still sinners, but He rose again, and now He offers us the chance to serve Him and to tell Him that we love Him too.
When we take that opportunity- when we tell Him that we believe in Him and that we want to follow Him and love Him forever, we make a 180 turn so that we are facing the Lord of creation and walking toward Him, pressing on to take hold of that for which He called us.
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.
Being a Christian does NOT mean
– that you are perfect
– that you won’t ever hurt again
– that you are better than everyone else
– that you understand everything or have all the answers
What being a Christian does mean is that
– you know you are sinful and that you need a Savior
– you believe that Jesus is real, and that He is the One who has saved you from your sin
– you are part of a worldwide family of believers
– you have a Best Friend who has died for you, and who loves you more than you can fully grasp
– you are willing to trust this Best Friend with your life.
It is my sincere prayer that you get to know this King who has become my Best Friend, and that you may know unspeakable joy and overwhelming love in the midst of this world’s temporary painful state, and that you and I will be able to spend eternity together, with all of our brothers and sisters, singing praise to our glorious God.
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure with the fullness of God.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”’
Amen! Readers, how do you preach the Gospel to yourself? I’d love to hear if you have particular verses or stories that lift you up and remind you of the gift we have in Christ! Or, if you’re not a Christian, please don’t hesitate to ask a Christian you trust open and honest questions about why we believe what we do, or to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.