How does the ‘Good News’ impact you?
“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” ~Ephesians 5:8
For me, living a life that had consequence unto death, and then miraculously delivered by his grace, make this an easy question. Meaning, my sin and past has been nothing short of destruction. Abusive upbringing, life filled with substance abuse. A train wreck would be an accurate description, especially because it ends with a fatality. I was death in my sin and shortly would be dead physically. But God! In an extremely dark moment in a distressful state in a jail cell, I accepted the Lord in my life. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Since that reality God has walked me through a journey that has been indescribable fulfilled in Him. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) The cross is the love that fuels me to serve as husband and a father, a deacon, a youth leader at my church. I get the privilege to be the voice reasoning in my extended family. The ‘Good News’ equips me to counsel and to assist others who are struggling. The Gospel reveals the love of God, and that love is the adhesive for uprightness and the operating systems for my decisions, my purpose, my morality etc; if an issue contradicts the Gospel, than it is indeed and issue. The Gospel influences all my positions in regards to any issue.
Who will you be?
Be better! We have the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, prayer, and the example from Christ. Christian’s can serve in the platform that God provides to be the light and salt for a lost world. Honoring God because of our alliance with Him produces a very different boss, colleague, father, son, mother, friend, daughter and the like… It’s being heavenly minded that produces earthy good.
Be different! The morals and integrity for a believer derives from our relationship with Jesus. The love of God constrains us to be more like Jesus Christ. It calls us to a set apartness in which the world should notice and aspire. It is the principle of giving up yourself, it is considering others needs, it is Christ center. Our life is the act of preaching the gospel with our actions to give glory to God. This call on our life should be different, because we are different: strangers and sojourners in a temporary setting awaiting our eternal glory. Our hope and destiny doesn’t end on earth and shouldn’t be dictated or controlled by worldly circumstances. Paul says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”(2 Corinthians 4:18) God Bless you on your Journey!
Written by Juan Mendez, Colony of Mercy Graduate and Full-time Staff Member at America’s Keswick
Think About This: “Don’t worry about having the right words; worry more about having the right heart. It’s not eloquence he seeks, just honesty.” ~Max Lucado
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. ~Lamentations 3:25