The gospel of Christ Jesus is far more than to simply say, “God is love”. The proverbial “Kum-by-ya” stuff isn’t the whole story. The gospel of Christ Jesus requires us to prove it.
In case I’m misunderstood, which is highly likely, let me take a minute to explain please.
How many people do you know have said, “God is love”, but there’s no apparent change in their life? And whatever change there might be lacks the rich and bold testimony of words.
If you examine their testimony, you would believe that the gospel asks nothing more of us than to admit that God is love. But we know that isn’t true.
The cynic will point out their failure to believe. He would accuse such people of being traitors to the cross. Many times the cynic is not wrong.
But there’s another reason why people don’t “do” the gospel. For the other reason, I gotta set it up.
No matter which way I turn I’m going to offend somebody. After all this is a problem here, so there is then a fault. So if this other reason offends somebody, that’s just going to have to be too bad.
We say the gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives. But apparently there’s not enough proof available. I mean, we’ve got 20 million Christians in America (a number I just pulled out of my hat), and only about 5 million, are head over heels in love with Christ Jesus (another hat number). So the examples of proof that the gospel changes lives are relatively few. Not to mention that the changes we do see are somewhat minor. Many changed Christian lives could be generated by laying on a psychiatrist’s couch. And isn’t that often literally the case?
Now this gets kind of sticky from here on out.
But there are a lot of marginal Christians. I don’t mean to say they’re not Christians. And I don’t mean to say that they are new Christians. They are Christians who just can’t seem to find the fire to do the whole gospel.
They know what the gospel says. But apparently they just don’t care. They only see the gospel as a self changing idealistic notion. They may live a lot better than they did before they knew the gospel. But sadly that seems to be enough for them.
What about all the other people that are looking for someone to say, “Hey this works”? I’m not talking about pastors and preachers and teachers, in that they should say this! But that the average Joe ought to jump in and provide the proof.
Look, let’s nail this down. A hero is a hero because he does the stuff the average guy can’t do. The entire world has a whole basket full of heroes. That’s proof to me that they want somebody who can do the stuff the average Joe can’t do.
So come on average Joe Christian, why don’t you stop using the gospel for your own selfish interests, and start doing it so that you can be a hero for those who are looking for the truth.
Where is the love of God if we don’t dig in and prove that the gospel works? How do we love our brother if we hide the efficacy of God’s love?
You know the gospel. You know the heavy duty demands it has on anyone who calls on the name of Christ. If you don’t obey God for yourself, do you think you might find the energy to do it for someone else?
You can pass this article around if you’d like to. Or you could rewrite the concepts in your own words. It really doesn’t matter.
But the way I see it, if we go on the hunt for a few who will turn into heroes, and find them, Christ wins! The hungry win. The world is put to shame. And the church gets stronger.
How do we know there isn’t some selfish little guy out there, who after reading this becomes the next Spurgeon, Dwight l. moody, CS Lewis, Billy Graham, or (pick your Christian hero)?
By His Grace