The Gospel Centered Life
There are many fads within Christianity. We get caught up with Linsanity and Tim Tebow. We often focus on issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, and other hot button issues. Of course, these issues are important but when we solely focus on these things we miss out on Christ and his Gospel.
What good is speaking out about abortion if we cannot offer the abortion doctor a better way? What good is telling a woman that aborting her unwanted baby is wrong if we do not tell her about life in Christ? What good is standing for the Biblical definition of marriage if we do not offer the homosexual a better way to live? What good is standing against these things without the Gospel? This is why having a Gospel centered life is so important. Paul’s words in Acts 20:24 speaks about this clearly when Paul said:
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. -ESV
Paul was given a ministry by God. He was called to spread the Gospel of God’s grace. That was his role. Paul lived a life that was Gospel centered. His life represented the Gospel and without the Gospel Paul’s life would have been worthless. Even though Paul dealt with issues in his time he always remained Gospel centered.
When Paul opposed Peter’s hypocrisy in Galatians 2 he was concerned with the Gospel ramifications of Peter’s hypocrisy. The circumcision party was teaching that Gentiles had to get circumcised to be Christians. Though Paul was a Jew among Jews he knew that the Gospel was cross cultural. The Gospel is why Paul opposed Peter. The Gospel should be our motivations when we oppose cultural issues.
Living a Gospel centered life is essential for every Christian. No matter what field you work in, you are called to be light. You are called to represent Christ. You are called to live a Gospel centered life. I pray that all of us wont get caught up with the new fads or hot button issues but rather, be in awe of the Gospel. I pray that everything we do will represent the Gospel. I fail at this a lot but, through the power of the Holy Spirit we can live Gospel centered lives.
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