Isn’t it interesting that we can be Christians (some of us for many years) and yet not really understand all that is involved in following Christ? This is the “truth” I have been learning through the various trials the Lord has allowed in my life these past couple of years. I know the gospel is “Good News”… but I am learning that it is much better news than I ever imagined.
The challenge for me is learning how to convey that message to others – and to do so not with the words I (as a Bible teacher) speak, but with the life I live. I desire to have enough confidence in the way that I live my Christian life that I can echo the words of the Apostle Paul as they are found in Philippians 4:9 ~ “The things which you have learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, these put into practice – live as I live, love as I love, serve as I serve, give as I give – and the God of peace will be with you.” (free translation)
I remembered a poem I read several years ago, and found it in my archives. I share its simple but probing thought with you below.
“You’re writing a gospel, a chapter a day;
By the deeds that you do and the words that you say.
Men read what is written, whether faithless or true…
So, tell me, “what is the gospel” according to you?” (Richard Johnson)