A Gospel Centered Life

March 3, 2014

WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE A GOSPEL-CENTERED LIFE

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important truth a human being can grasp, and yet many of us would struggle to articulate it clearly. Even more so, those who do have a clear sense of gospel truth live as if it were an idea to be contemplated and debated more than actually lived out in the stuff of life. It is frightfully easy for us, myself absolutely included, to develop a life lived according to two gospels: one that we believe intellectually and another that actually guides our life.

Let’s take a few minutes together to clarify our view of the gospel and then look at what it means to have our life centered on it. 

There is only one true gospel, and it is the good news—that’s literally what “gospel” means—that we are worse than we ever believed and Jesus is better than we could ever imagine. Paul says it this way: “. . . even when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” Eph 2:5

At the very heart of the gospel is the idea of grace, the unmerited favor of God. In order to believe in real grace, you have to believe that you don’t deserve God’s love. Let go of your sense of entitlement toward God.

The gospel-centered life is one in which everything we do, think, speak, and act out is radically transformed by the grace of God seen through Jesus.

 

A GOSPEL-CENTERED LIFE

A gospel-centered life is a life where every corner of existence is touched by the truth of the gospel of Jesus’ grace.

In light of the gospel, we become people quick to repent and confess how we have failed at all these things and are still in desperate need of a Savior.

The gospel-centered life is one in which everything we do, think, speak, and act out is radically transformed by the grace of God seen through Jesus. In light of the gospel, we lay down our endless efforts to measure up before God and accept his gracious love. We become people who, despite the numerous ways we have and continue to be wronged by others, are able to forgive because of how we have been forgiven. We become known, for lavish acts of service and love to others, because of how we have been served and loved by Jesus. Even the way we speak to those around us is radically changed as we wait to jump to conclusions, hear each other out, and are patient.

I implore you today, believe in and be changed by the gospel of Jesus’ grace! Abandon your efforts to earn God’s love. Leave behind your competitive, judgmental spirit that always measures your righteousness against those around you. Let go of your sense of entitlement toward God. Walk away from the gospel of religion and be transformed by Christ’s gospel of grace.

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