Key Practices of the Christian Life: #1 — Remembering the Gospel, the Power for Pressing On

4 Sep

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes . . .”    Romans 1:16

           Reflecting on the gospel is one of the most powerful motivators in our lives for spiritual growth. The Lord Jesus put this reflection on the gospel into the very fabric of the church when He instituted the Lord’s Supper. Whenever we eat the bread and drink the cup, we remember Jesus’ death. But this reflection on the death of our Lord is not something which should only take place when we are partaking of the Lord’s Supper. We should daily be reflecting on what Jesus has done for us. If you will take a few minutes to daily preach the gospel to yourself, you will find the quality of your Christian life will be enriched.

          How do you preach the gospel to yourself?

When you wake. When you rise in the morning, before you get out of bed, remind yourself of who you are in God’s eyes through faith in Christ. One of the ways you can do this is by just using a simple phrase like, “Father, I belong to you” or “Jesus, thank you for being with me always, even to the end of the age” or “Jesus, thank you for dying and rising for me.” The course of your day is often determined by what you preach to yourself when you first wake up.

When you meet with God. As you begin your daily time with the Lord, read over a Scripture that has to do with the gospel and praise God for what you read. You could choose from Scriptures like John 3:16, Philippians 2:5-11, Titus 3:3-7, 1 Peter 1:3-9, or Colossians 1:15-20. And really, I have just scratched the surface of all the great gospel passages you could read. These Scriptures can get your daily time with God off to a great start.

By using a gospel guide like Milton Vincent’s excellent Gospel Primer for Christians. This booklet can help you review the gospel daily.

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