Simplicity friendly, child approved
This day on August 23, 1995 my best friend, my dad died. Although I was only 18, I remember him being a gentle, giant with great wisdom, who loved God greatly and loved people with words and actions. I remember little nuggets of life lessons that he would tell me like…
- “Those that don't listen, have to feel.”
- 75% of things in life will be things we don't want to do."
- “You won't speak to my wife like that!!! Do you understand?”
I could go on and on… but this time the thing I recall most was his way of making things seem simple that others complicated. At this point of my life I'm learning more and more about the importance and power of clear GOSPEL conversations and presentations.
For example… have you ever walked out of a service or an event and someone asks you, “What happened today?” and you say something like, “Whoa, it was good…” but you realize that you can't repeat what was said and you think to yourself, “I have no idea what just happened.”
Charles Hodge says this, "The gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches."
The Bible sheds light on Jesus being about the preach a clear GOSPEL message. So simple that as he travelled he spoke to all generations of men, women and children. It's even recorded in John 6:1-14 that a boy was willing to give up his food because of a need that was present. I think that in most of our churches today that would be one of the modern day miracles… that young people who listen to this gospel are inspired to meet the needs (physical, emotional and spiritual) of others around them.
This scripture reference provokes two immediate thoughts in me.... The gospel we speak should:
(1) be clearly understood by all generations.
(2) leave the listener saying, “I understood what I just heard and I'm compelled to tell others.”
Please understand that this is NOT JUST FOR THE PASTORS AND “LEADERSHIP LEVEL PEOPLE.” So I encourage every believer…
-Let's communicate a gospel that inspires others to go to PRAYER for others.
-Let's communicate a gospel that inspires others to CARE for others in words and action.
-Let's communicate a gospel that inspires others to SHARE the clear message of the good news of Christ.
This message is simple:
God created us to be with Him. But our sin has gotten in the way of this relationship. We can do good things but it won't outpay the price of sin. God made a way by becoming a man (Jesus) and paid the price for our sin. Everyone who puts their trust in Christ alone for salvation will receive eternal life. That decision will put you you into a relationship with your savior that starts now and lasts forever.
If that makes sense to you for the first time… My question is what's stopping you right now from putting your trust in Christ alone for salvation? If nothing, then right now trust and believe in Christ alone for salvation. Then, I would encourage you to find a local church or a person that you know has a relationship with Christ and continue this process.
If you have any questions message me.
Regret can be a good emotion. If used positively it can provoke the feeling of “I've learned from my mistake and I'm making efforts to not repeat them.” With that being said… I put my faith in Christ at age 6 but I regret not fully reflecting my love for God in words and actions in teenage years while my dad was still alive. This life that I live today is not so my dad would be proud of me but because I've encountered the love of a Father to the fatherless and by receiving his grace through faith I'm compelled to live my life in a way that reflects the change on the inside. For this reason I want to do my best to be like my earthly dad and do my best to communicate a clear message about my Heavenly Father.
Grace and peace!