The wealthy businesswoman, the fortune-telling slave girl, the duty-bound jailer they all found a greater thing, a more beautiful thing, a more glorious thing than what they’d been holding on to before. Liberated by Jesus and totally secured, they could lose all confidence in the flesh and find unassailable courage in their redeemer.
I’m tiring of living in a Christian culture of false-fronts and shallow community.
What would it look like for the Gospel to take root in a community? In our churches? Our workplace? Our homes? Our marriages? Our parenting? Our leisure?
As Christians we have the unique privilege of being ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ has made us new and given us new desires and a new destiny. This shapes everything we do and everything we are.
My desire as a follower of Christ is to see the Gospel take deeper root in my own soul, and in my life, marriage, church, work, leisure, family—all my activity. I desire to see not only Jesus made known to all who surround me but my longing is for my life, the life of my family, and the life of my friends to take on the fragrance of the Gospel.
This is what I mean by a Gospel culture. I want the radiance of Christ’s work to be so known, enjoyed, cherished, and marinated in that it transforms the culture around me. That I (and we) by God’s grace could be purveyors of a “Gospel culture”, a place where God’s unmerited, radical, and scandalous grace would be known, enjoyed, shown, and taken to the ends of the earth. A place where it to safe to real about your struggles and identity as we seek to help each other find our identity more completely in Christ. A place where it is OK to fail, as long we help each other up by the power of the Holy Spirit and continuing fighting sin and pressing against the gates of Hell.
The Gospel culture starts with God and the life He has placed within us through His Spirit. Let us take the love Christ has shown us and allow that love to radically transform us and the lives of those who surround us. Let us make much of God and His work in Christ in reconciling sinners to Himself. Let us do so in a way that is honest and real, meeting people where they are at.