Day after day I open my computer and start my newsfeed. There is conflict everywhere. There is death of innocent victims, people fleeing persecution, fleeing from war-torn countries, fleeing their birth countries to make a better life for their families. There are people starving, diseases, and disasters. The minutes turn into hours, which turn into days, months, and years. It only seems to get worse. With all that is going on we wonder if there is good news, and if there is, what is it? We cry out to God and wonder if He hears us! We try to see the positive and good in this world but sometimes it seems so far off.
We almost lose our hope, our sense of the goodness of God, or our will to ever engage in our world again.
Sometimes our own situations make us question our God. Some days that negative self-talk sets in. We almost lose our hope, our sense of the goodness of God, or our will to ever engage in our world again. We ask if there is anything good going on. And if there is anything good in mankind.
Friends, this is exactly when we need the Gospel, the pure and simple good news. The story of Jesus told in our Bible. In fact, we need this every day.
Lets start at the beginning. Genesis 3 paints the picture of the original sin of man which every one of us who has ever lived after inherited. I am a sinner in need of a Savior. Not just any sinner, but the worst kind of sinner. Before you wonder what worst kind of sinner I am, just look in the mirror. You are a sinner of the worst kind too. We all are. And it has nothing to do with how bad or good you think you have been. Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. And if we are truly honest, we know that in the depths of our heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can understand it.” That pretty much explains the news.
The first seven chapters of Romans paint a brutal picture of how fallen we really are. But Romans 8:1 states, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” This is good news! Notice that this promise is for those who are “in Christ”. This is the Gospel. Romans 6:23 states, “For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This is where our journey begins and continues until we sit at Jesus’ feet in praise and adoration in heaven. This should be our perspective. Eternal perspective is necessary to navigate the world we live in.
Eternal perspective is necessary to navigate the world we live in.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” How did this happen? Scripture tells us that Jesus freely came to earth as a baby born to live on this earth to learn to walk, talk, and play as a child; to grow in wisdom and to begin His ministry; to walk with His disciples and to teach them and eventually send them out to be the Church. As He went to the cross, He had the weight of all the sins past, present, and future on His mind. He even had you and me on His mind. Imagine that!!
Psalms 139:13-17 states: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!”
Do you know that God loves you? Do you know that He gave His only, perfect Son to die for your sins? Do you believe this? Do you understand that Jesus came to this earth as flesh and blood not to condemn but that the world would be saved through him? (John 3:17) Do you live as one who has been redeemed by God’s only Son?
Can I challenge you to sit in this reality for a few minutes every day this week? When you are tempted with negative self-talk, or have hard circumstances, or feel the weight of your sin, can you express the gospel to yourself? Are you willing to do that first before you phone a friend? As friends can we encourage this in each other? God gave us Jesus, His only, perfect Son, to die for us. Because of this we have a way out of our sin if we believe in Him. He suffered and died and knows what we are going through, so take heart! This is the Gospel and this is the main if not only “self-talk” we need!
The Gospel is near. It is embedded in my heart. Amidst all of the chaos and suffering, the Good News brings hope and healing.
I look back at my news feed. Nothing has changed. But everything has changed in my heart. The Gospel is near. It is embedded in my heart. Amidst all of the chaos and suffering, the Good News brings hope and healing. May we be people who continually trust this, live this, and share the Good News of the Gospel with others.
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