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Day 15 – The Gospel Truth

Do you remember those days at church camp when you were little and you’d sing about the Gospel meaning “Good News”? I’d sing it happily and heartily like any other campfire song, not realizing the depth of its implications.

Because in fact, it is good news. The best news anyone will ever hear. The fact that the God of the universe came down to earth to DIE in our place just so we could be in a relationship with Him is the most staggering, most profound, and most life-changing news anyone could ever hear.

And yet we’re afraid to talk about it. As though it were some kind of disease that we’re worried about infecting others with. As though it were something to be ashamed about … something to quickly smile about and say, “Don’t worry, that’s just what I think.”

Reality Check: the Gospel is the antidote to the disease that we’re all struggling with – the disease of fallenness and a broken relationship with God. And it’s truth – something that every human being needs to hear.

I will admit – I’m a people-pleaser. I don’t like conflict and confrontation scares me. I want to keep the peace, make others happy, and just keep smiling. This is why my cowardice has kept my mouth shut about the Gospel for so many years. But there are people who are DYING to hear this news … people who would give anything for something to release them from their guilt, their depression, their anger, their hopelessness – and would I keep this message away from them?

This is not an optional part of the Christian life, friends. Jesus calls each and every one of His followers [you & me] to go forth and share the Gospel with those around us. Not in a Bible-bashing-over-your-head “Accept Jesus or die and go to hell” way. But in a loving, “I care about you so much that I want you to experience the best life possible” kind of way. A way that accepts people right where they’re at and loves them and helps them work through struggles. A way that admits that none of us are perfect, and grace alone saves us into this relationship with Christ.

For the first time in my life, over spring break, I got to experience the joy of sharing the Gospel with people – clearly articulating it and having discussions with people about faith and what they believed in. And my heart was opened to a whole new level of experiencing Christ’s love and grace. My biggest fear in sharing the Gospel was that I wouldn’t know what to say. Foolish little me forgot the words of Luke 12:11-12:

“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

Wasn’t that the truth! Because the very first time that I laid the Gospel out for someone when I was out sharing with Sharon, afterward, she said to me, “You share the Gospel so well!” and I turned and looked at her, and said, “That was the first time I’ve ever done that!” The words were so clearly not my own, but coming straight from the Holy Spirit.

And yet it’s a struggle every day to continue sharing. Fears and apathy come rushing back in, especially with a busy life. How quickly I begin to think that it doesn’t matter that much, that they’re fine, they don’t want to hear it … but those are the lies of the devil to keep me from sharing words of truth. I pray against those lies today, and pray in the power of Jesus that I would be bold to speak up, to initiate, and to share from my heart. And I pray you would do the same. How great the power of God working through us!

And with Chris Tomlin, may we sing, “Where you go, I’ll go, where you stay, I’ll stay, when you move, I’ll move … I will follow You.”

Prayer Postures for Today:
– Pray for loved ones who still need to come into a relationship with Christ
– Pray for boldness and wisdom to share the Gospel with them
– Pray against the lies of fear, apathy, or “peace-keeping”

Father, I pray that You would move our hearts with a greater fire to share the Gospel. Help us to love others around us so much that we can’t help but share with them what has changed our lives. Help us to live out the Gospel daily so that others might see You in us and how You can change a life. May You do something great through us, and help us to be obedient to Your call.

One thought on “Day 15 – The Gospel Truth

  1. LOVED this, Lydia! I just shared a post along similar lines but I like yours way better. Completely agree with everything here…and I long to grow in this area so much! Thanks for sharing!

    “This is not an optional part of the Christian life, friends.”
    AMEN.

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