For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16 ESV)
The gospel never ceases to amaze me. Its power to bring peace to souls is visible. Its power to transform is unequaled. Its universal effectiveness is unrivaled. Its capacity to heal is unstoppable. I know because I have experienced it myself. I have also seen men and women turn to Christ and change right before my eyes. No, there is no light from heaven or angelic dance mob. But often there is a slow acknowledgment that turns into an unquenchable thirst for knowing truth. There is the outpouring of tears once shed for grief and shame that suddenly come from the wellsprings of joy. This is the prize all who are burdened for souls strive for. That others may look upon Jesus as their Savior and glorify him. There is nothing like it in the world.
The gospel is not just for the lost. As Paul put it, it is the power of salvation to everyone who believes. Believes what? The message of the gospel. How often do you share the gospel with yourself? How often do you think about the boundless love with which you have been loved? Has the abundant wealth of God’s grace occupied your mind and heart recently? How undone are you by the thought that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus? Nothing inspires more purity, humility, and kindness in the heart of men as the gospel does in the heart of the believer. It serves as a constant reminder of the great mercy that we have received apart from our personal merit. It is like opening a precious gift over and over again and being astounded by the generosity of the giver. Are you struggling against sin? What temptation does not pale in comparison to the beauty and hope that are only found in Christ? Is his willingness to die for us not enough to convince us to live for him? I say it is if you appreciate who Christ is and why he chose to take God’s wrath upon himself in your place.
Precious saint, preach the gospel to yourself until you can’t help but share it with others around you. There are people who are still in need of the good news of salvation. You have the good news! May you love as you have been loved.
With brotherly affection,