Let me begin my very first blog by saying that this post, as well as following posts, are written to those who believe in Jesus as well as those who do not.
The good news of the Gospel is that it is indeed good news. In order to fully appreciate the good news, we first need to look at the bad news. The bad news is that we (mankind) need a savior, the good news, God provided one.
In the beginning, when God created the earth and birds and trees and everything else ever created, He created mankind. God created man and women, and He created them “very good.” So good, in fact, that mankind was able to enjoy a perfect relationship with God, walking and talking with their creator. But then, and here comes the bad news, mankind rebelled against God, they believed the lie that disobeying God would make them happier than obeying Him.
And so, they sinned. Their sin then, separated them from the God that created them and the perfect relationship was ruined. That ruined relationship was passed on to Adam and Eve’s children and their children and so on and so forth all the way up to you and me.
Sin is so contrary to God and His nature that sinful mankind is unable to have a relationship with God. But remember, God created mankind to be in a relationship with Him, and so He provided a way to restore the relationship. The Bible says that “while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) God sent His son to earth in order to restore the broken Mankind-God relationship, because without a restored relationship mankind is forced to live eternity separated from God, the God who created and loves them. This separation is called death and this death is an eternal one.
Jesus came to earth and died on the cross once for all. Quite literally, Jesus took our place, He took the death that we deserve and in the place of death, He gave us His own right-standing with God. He made it possible for our relationship to finally be restored. But in order for this to happen, we need to put our faith in Jesus, believing that He actually did live, die, and rise again from the grave like God said He did. We must have faith that His relationship restoring work at the cross is All we need in order to have a relationship with God. What about you? Do you have a relationship with the God who created you to be in relationship with Him?
Have you heard this before? Great. Do you have a relationship with Jesus? If so, there is something that you need to know. The good news of the Gospel isn’t just simply confined to your conversion. There is a vital connection between the Gospel and one’s own spiritual growth. The connection is that we never should stop preaching the Gospel to ourselves. The Gospel is how we came to faith, yes, but it is also the reminder of how we should live. Not only are we reminded of the incredible love that God has for us, but we also are reminded of our position to God now because of Jesus. Our new standing before God instructs us how we ought to live; as new creations who are no longer bound by our former sins. Preach the Gospel to yourself. Every. Single. Day. You need it just as much today as you did when you first believed.
I plan on leading myself, and anyone who listens to me into a new season of revitalized Gospel sharing. Sharing the Gospel with our friends, coworkers, classmates, neighbors, and family will rejuvenate us spiritually. Jesus told us to go and make disciples. That is exactly what we ought to do.
If you have made it this far and are still unsure if you have a relationship with Jesus let’s talk. Contact me and we will grab coffee, I’ll buy.