I love the reality of the Gospel, and can spend hours and hours speaking of the powerful thoughts that consume me as I reflect on what the Gospel is. If that sounds like a churchy word, then I’m sorry. I know there is some confusion of what the “Gospel” is versus what “Religion” is. I love how Tim Keller describes it:
The gospel is, therefore, radically different from religion. Religion operates on the principle: I obey, therefore I am accepted . The gospel operates on the principle: I am accepted through Christ, therefore I obey.
To me the “Gospel” is the reality that I am unable (on my own) to live up to a standard set by God, yet while I was short of this standard He made a way for me to be forgiven. It’s in this grace and forgiveness that I find my relationship with God based. Grace and forgiveness are the pillars of the Gospel. I can assure you that I’ve done a bunch of good in my life. I’ve taken in orphans, fed the homeless, shared the message of Christ with the lost, loved my family, and stayed faithful to those I serve. However, none of that makes me any more eligble for God’s grace than anyone else. It’s the gospel that gives me my right to be a son of the Most High, and consider myself part of this family. It’s the Gospel that motivates me to live a life that reflects the gift given me in Jesus Christ.
When I serve and when I lead, the Gospel should be reflected in all things. The idea that grace “rules the day” should be reflected in the ways I treat others, and in the legacy I’m leaving.
Colossians 3:3 “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”