March 19, 2015 by pastorjdo3
Tuesdays’ discussion of The Gospel was saturated with a discussion about to shame and or pride in the Gospel.
Paul said in Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ, it is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes- the Jew first and also the Gentile.
Paul, a former persecutor, agitater to the faith, criticisor of the Christ, now boldy proclaims that the truth he once sought to suppress has now manifested itself like a fire shut up in his bones. Though he has found truth, and life has not been easy. His truth has drawn his own set of doubters and persecutors, as well has placed him as a focal point of the Christ movement.
We too find ourselves in the same position of Paul. Once enemies of Christ, mockers of truth, we now stand as living testimonies to the power we once ignored and rejected. Our mission, once to fulfill the desires of the flesh, has now been rewritten, and we are now key witnesses in a case to win souls for Christ. What we found to be true in many cases, is the desire not just to move on from the old life, but to erase its existence all together.
As we found in the study, The Gospel is the power to save, thus we are all saved from something, leaving us with a track record or trace of progress and change. This journey towards righteousness is key, because it documents it’s changing power. So what happens when we omit our past from existence or share the Gospel without our testimony? The power of the Gospel is its life changing power, and combined with a personal witness, it gains potency and gains effectiveness. God saved us, so that we could bare witness to all those we encounter as to who He is, thus giving Him glory with our existence.
It is in these moments, we find more than the Gospel, but we find the depth of God’s character. We must walk through and allow others to live through our hardships, because they give God glory and reveal His character. In order for us to grow, and to lead others to Christ, we must be open to allowing the world to experience God via relationship with us. Follow me as I follow Christ, words uttered by Paul, are an invitation to view him apply God’s Word to each moment in his life.
Our lives is are for others. Our struggles bare witness to others. As we look at those that are around us, we must see ourselves as classroom examples for God, real life illustrations that bear witness to who He is, and how our lives are changed not just eternally, but in this earth.
Are you ashamed of the Gospel? Is your life bearing witness for God? Are you hiding your past? Are you willing to share the struggles and disappointments ? How has this affected your witness/testimony?