"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.