Tuesday, April 20, 2004
What if we are the Gospel. or at least we are supposed to be the Gospel? I mean what if the Gospel isn't just some information that we are supposed to share, but rather something that we are supposed to embody? What if it isn't the "5-step plan of salvation" or the "4 spiritual laws"? What if, instead, we as followers of Jesus are supposed to BE the good news to the world? What if we are supposed to embody redemption, forgiveness, grace, and love? What if like Jesus, we are supposed to "preach good news to the poor, proclaim the captives will be released, the blind will see, the downtrodden will be released from their oppressors, and that the time of the Lord's favor has come"? (Luke 4:18-19) You see, to Jesus that stuff wasn't just information to be taught. He was the living embodyment of all of those things. He said that His followers would do even greater things than He did after He was gone. I'm not saying we shouldn't be teaching information. I am, however, saying that the Gospel is a much bigger concept than that and we cheapen it by reducing it to simply information about how to be saved. If we embody the Gospel (as I believe we are Biblically called to do), the information will make alot more sense. If we constantly show grace to people in our interactions with them, then the concept of God's grace makes more sense when they hear about it. Can you imagine a world where instead of arguing with everyone (and each other), Christians embodied the Gospel? I can. It starts with me.