A Daily Dose of the Gospel
We never outgrow the need for the Gospel. Jesus’ death and resurrection is not the ABC of the Christian life but the A-Z. God strengthens us through the Gospel until the day we die. Our calling and identity are rooted in Him. Therefore, we must daily preach the Gospel to ourselves.
But what does this look like? How does the Gospel make a difference on let’s say, Monday morning? Here are five applications.
1. You don’t need to be perfect today. We’re made holy by the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Heb. 10:10-14). Our standing before God is sealed and secured by his obedience, not ours. Period. Yes, God also calls us to forsake sin and pursue godliness (1 Tim. 6:11). But that’s the fruit of our salvation, not the root. It is amazing but true that Jesus loves us 100% on our best and 100% on our worst day.
2. You must run to Jesus today. Why? Because you will fail today. It’s that simple. And you will be tempted to hide from his holy gaze or to compensate by doing good works. Jesus welcomes a contrite and broken heart (Ps. 51:17). Because of the cross, we will always find forgiveness on the other side of repentance and confession (1 Joh. 1:9).
3. You will have to wrestle untruths to the ground today (2 Cor. 10:5). Lies circle us like vultures their prey. There is a war going on for our minds and victory only comes by wielding the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word (Eph. 6:17). Ask God to show you where you are thinking with your feelings. Think about and dwell on what is true (Phil. 4:8,9).
4. You can see others through the eyes of Jesus today. The Gospel reminds us that although every believer is perfect in Christ (position), he is also a work in progress (practice). We can be hard on others, expecting them to be close to perfect. But if you swim in the pool of God’s forgiveness, there will be freedom to forgive others (Mat. 18:21-35). If you lean into God’s love for you, you can love the unlovable because that’s what you are too at times (1 Joh. 4:19).
5. You don’t have to compare yourself with others today. The maker of heaven and earth has accepted you in Christ. The Most High says, “you are My beloved child” (Joh. 1:12). Stop your obsession with the opinion of others (Gal. 1:10). No more people pleasing. No more thoughts or feelings of superiority or inferiority. Our identity in Christ is unshaken by our performance.
This may sound like a to do list. For sure, it does necessitate effort on our part. We can’t live a Gospel-saturated life without being intentional. But we can draw on Christ in us, who works “both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).
The Gospel can transform us, today.