- He lived the perfect life I couldn't
- He took the wrath of God for me
- He fulfilled the law of God and traded identities with me
- His righteousness is now my righteousness
- The only thing that's good in me is Jesus
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The gospel is very simple - Jesus in my place:
So understanding the gospel is necessary for salvation, but what about after salvation? Do we move on and it remains behind for the lost? No, the gospel is what empowers us - the gospel starts our day at the foot of the cross in humble thanksgiving, and tells us that because of Jesus' love, He has now called us out of darkness and into the light. We can have victory over sin because of the gospel, we can live a life that pleases God because of the gospel, we can shine and draw men to the Lord because of the gospel and we can mature in our spiritual understanding which evidences itself in our fleshly existence because of the gospel.
The gospel is our power source.
Therefore, I am a Christ follower.
Now don't get me wrong - Jesus is my Savior and not my religion, but just because He was able to do what I cannot do, does not mean I don't want to be like Him. I don't follow Him because I want to save myself. I don't follow Him because I want to earn a bit of my cost. I follow Him because I love Him, trust Him, understand that He lived life so that I could walk in His footsteps, know that I have not only been called to a life of holiness, but also have been equipped to be holy and understand that the greatest way I can show my gratitude for the gospel is to give Him my whole life.
So, here is my question for you today: As a Christ follower, what in your life do you specifically do to be like Jesus?
I was thinking I would write this great blog, telling you how following Jesus has made such a difference in my life, but then I decided to let you tell me...so have at it! Hit the comment button and tell me PRACTICALLY, how do you follow Jesus?