The gospel isn’t something for the initial experience of salvation alone.  It is a message which Christians need to hear all the days of their lives.  It is the ammunition and fuel which enables them to experience the abundance of Christ (John 10:10).  Paul knew this.  When he wrote to the Galatians, he described his habitual pattern of Christian living, saying, “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).  The normative Christian experience involves an ongoing and undying trust in the good news of Jesus — that God loves us and that, although we are sinners, He has made us accepted in His family through faith in the life and work of Jesus.  When we trust in this truth through our daily lives, it produces four important things in our lives.

Strength

A moment-by-moment trust in the gospel makes us spiritually strong.  Jesus said, “The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me” (John 15:5).  When you quit trusting in your own resources and choose to rely on God’s resources, something spectacular happens.  The Holy Spirit enables you to be and do great things for God.  It is for this reason that Paul said, “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Security 

Humanity innately desires to dwell secure from all harm.  Sometimes this desire becomes perverted and people go to unhealthy extremes to erase all threats to their security.  Consider Jesus’ story in Luke 12:16-21 of the rich man who worked feverishly so that he might have a life of ease.  Fortunately, believers don’t have to scramble and hurry sinfully, trying to cement their own financial and reputational security.  Through the gospel, they are eternally embraced by the Father (John 10:28 and Ephesians 1:13-14).  If you feel insecure or unsure about yourself and your future, remember that you are secure in Christ!

Significance

Everyone wants to be somebody.  All of us want to be loved, recognized, and appreciated to one degree or another.  Unfortunately, life can be cruel.  Many are undervalued, under appreciated, and unnoticed by family members, spouses, children, neighbors, friends and peers.  Our busy world can be a lonely place.  Fortunately, believers are never alone.  There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother and His name is Jesus.  He has promised to never leave us (Matthew 28:20).  Get close to Him and He will give you the significance you seek.

Satisfaction 

Many people in modern society are miserable.  They are dissatisfied with life, even though the world now offers more creature comforts, entertainment, and leisure activities then ever before.  Their problem is that they live as if the things of the world can really satisfy the deep longings of the soul.  Real satisfaction can only be found through a personal relationship with the Lord.  The Heavenly Father has made such a relationship possible through Christ.  Look to the gospel, and you will find contentment and satisfaction in life (1 Timothy 6:6).

Dr. Patrick Latham
Pastor

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