“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:3-7)
Sometimes something sends me back to being seven years old.
I can vividly picture sitting around the living room with my Dad strumming on his guitar and my siblings and I loudly singing “Shout to the LORD, all the earth, let us sing”
I remember determining that I needed to know all the stories in the Bible and perching atop my playset for four hours until I had read every last page in my picture Bible.
I remember realizing the weight and beauty of the gospel through childlike eyes. Back then it was simple, sweet, beautiful.
I wish I hadn’t ever lost that perspective.
“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” — Timothy Keller
Last night during Bible Study at church, we discussed the gospel. How hopeless we are without Christ and how He gave us so much more ham we could ever fathom.
And it sent me back to being a little kid again.
The gospel is so simple and yet so profound. It doesn’t take a scholar to understand that the Great Exchange was a huge deal. Nothing we could possibly ever do would make us enough, so God sent His Son to take our place on death row. His Son, Jesus, took all the punishment that we deserved. Not because we were good enough, loved Him well enough, or earned our salvation. But because He is God and He is good and He loves us so much.
I don’t want to get caught up in the nuances and Greek meanings of words to the point of forgetting the weight and beauty of the Gospel.
I want to learn more about Christ and His Word every day of my life, but I never want to forget how the gospel first hit me.
“If the gospel is old news to you, it will be dull news to everyone else.”
― Kevin DeYoung
Jesus loves me. This I know. Let that sink in. The Creator of the Universe made you and knows you and loves you and wants to make Himself known to you. That’s pretty mind blowing when you think about it.
I want to go back to having the simple faith like a child that Jesus talks about in Matthew 18. I want to let the beauty and majesty of the gospel really sink in and change how I live my life every day.
I know it’s been a few weeks since I posted last, life has been crazy, but I have several drafts and ideas going for the next few weeks, so I will try to be more consistent:)