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Applying The Gospel To Everything

"In order to grow in Christlikeness, we’ve got to intentionally apply the gospel to everything we are and everything we long to do. We’re not to sever our obedience from [Christ's] perfect sinlessness nor disconnect our mortal life from his resurrected life. We’ve got to understand ourselves in the light of our new identity, seeing ourselves as we truly are: sinful and flawed, loved and welcomed. Only these gospel realities have enough power to engender faith, kill idolatry, produce character change, and motivate faithful obedience."
- Elyse Fitzpatrick, Because He Loves Me

I remember hearing years ago from pastor and teacher Jack Miller, that, as Christians, we need to "preach the gospel" to our hearts and lives every day. We don't graduate from the gospel. (Tweet This) The gospel isn't merely some set of propositional truths that we affirm in order to become Christians and then after that it carries no relevance. Rather the love and grace of the gospel is the reality that we must live in and let permeate in and through us every day.

If you are anything like me, I have short term memory loss. I easily forget. And I can forget at times that I am loved and fully accepted by Jesus. How is that possible? It becomes possible when I allow the stresses, failures and pressures of the day to overshadow Christ's love for me. It becomes possible when I choose to listen to the voices of the world and the enemy define me by their lies. That is why I must double down on the gospel. Through the Word, I need to press down into my heart that I am accepted and loved by Jesus, and that no circumstance, feeling or failure can change that fact.

In spite of how I may feel today or the circumstance that I may face, I must remember the truth of Paul's words to the Galatians.
Galatians 4:4-7 "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Tweet This) So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God."
Remember today who you are in Jesus. That your identity and acceptance is found in Him, defined by Him and secured in Him.


In a time when there is a great focus on our obedience, rather then the one who gave the ultimate performance, the messages you bring are very needed. At least once a week in my travels either I meet or hear of another who is afraid of this type of message. As someone once said to me, "Be careful of teaching grace so much because it may give others the impression that we can go on sinning." To which I replied, Sheesh I always thought that was a given. In fact I thought when it came to our ability to sin, we were kinda like the Energizer Bunny just on HyperDrive. For in truth it is absolutely impossible for those who are known as the bride to not abuse, misuse, be irresponsible with, ungrateful for God's grace."

Which as you point out is why we need to constantly moment by moment remind ourselves of a gospel that tells us the heavenly circus is not coming to town taking applications for the best performer. For it has already been given.

Thanks for the continued messages you bring and constant reminders.

thank you, yes, grace is not think that grace will mean that we will be motivated to "sin in up!", means that grace is not truly understood.

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