A simple gift.
The journey began when a friend gave me a book: Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith.
On the cover: 365-days to a Gospel-Centered Faith
And my thought? Well, duh, isn’t all faith gospel-centered? Don’t we have to believe the gospel to have faith?
And my revelation since I began reading on February 5? Well, duh, all faith isn’t gospel-centered. Especially mine.
For faith to be gospel-centered, we must “think, see, and do all things in light of the person and work of Jesus.”
I thought I knew the gospel. The good news. Jesus died on the cross for each of us and rose on the third day, bearing the burden for my sin and yours so we can live forever in heaven.
That is the gospel, but do I think, see, and do all things in light of that? In light of the fact that Jesus DIED for ME – wow. He died a painful death on a cross…for me. And he defeated death for me…a sinner who deserves nothing but the wages of sin – death.
No, I am not thinking, seeing, and doing all things in light of that because I forget it so easily. In the midst of my hustle and bustle – even in doing good in His name – I forget the heart of the gospel. I forget how much he loves me and how my response to such love should be a heart living in light of the cross.
I am not – we are never – beyond the gospel. The gospel- that moment on the cross over 2,000 years ago when Christ breathed his last breath. Jesus himself – that MUST be my center. And for it to be my center, I must preach it to myself every day.
And while reading Everyday Prayers and reminding myself of His sacrifice and love daily has not been a magic wand that made my life fantastic and perfect, it has helped my heart keep perspective and keep loving in the midst of much hurt.
Preaching the gospel to yourself and remembering who HE is and what HE’S done daily, WILL help your heart. I promise.
So, as I link up with fellow bloggers for 31 days of ________ in October, I felt God saying to focus on the gospel. Each day I’ll share a quote, story, or scripture – something related to what God’s revealing to me about the good news.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey to a more Jesus-centered faith. Together, we will preach the gospel to ourselves everyday, growing closer to our Creator.
Today’s quote: Because the gospel is true, God cannot possibly delight in us more fully than he does in this very moment. Scotty Smith
He delights in you. Today. Tomorrow. Always.