Midweek Push

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:1-2, NIV)

Have you ever asked the question, “why am I here? What am I living for? What good does believing in God do?”

These are normal questions pondered by unbelievers as well as those who have believed to the point of baptism and salvation. Sometimes those who’ve given their lives to God have forgotten why they did so in the first place.

Sound familiar? Are you, like many saved, in need of a little divine encouragement, a spiritual uplift, or just a reminder of the glorious goodness of Jesus?

We notice from the scripture above that Paul had to reiterate the gospel to the Christians in Corinth who already believed it. Wasn’t that a waste? Shouldn’t he have saved that message for those on the outside? Not so. The church needed to be reminded of the saving message; for it was the very thing they claimed to stand in. If we are wavering and weary on the very thing we believe in, how can we expect to win over souls for Christ?

The gospel is not just for the unsaved; it’s for the saved. It is the cornerstone and foundation of the Christian’s life and through it, the saved are sustained, refreshed, and renewed day by day.

Even though the sacrifice was horrific, the precious message of the cross gives us hope.

How, you might ask? When we believed that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead:

- We have hope that through baptism, we are raised to walk in newness of life
- We have hope that we have the right to heaven because of faith in Him
- We have hope that we can make it each day because of the love He shed for us
- We have hope that we don’t have to look like what we’re going through

That doesn’t mean that now that we’re Christians, we won’t go through anything; it assures us that now, as His children, we may endure tough times with a smile instead of complaints; we can persevere through our struggles with wisdom instead of wandering away from Him; and we can welcome every task knowing that life more abundantly doesn’t start in heaven, but begins on earth when we trust the power of the gospel!

Also, our believing in the gospel of Jesus Christ sustains us and keeps us safe. The gospel puts us in a state of safety. You mean safety from the devil? No, we need saving from the wrath of God on the day of judgment; and obedience to the gospel offers us that (Romans 1:16-18).

Even the strongest of Christians, still needs the peace and power of Jesus; just like the newest to the faith needs His wisdom and direction. No matter the level you are in Christ, the fact is that you still need Christ.

You may be wondering how could the very God who extends wrath, extend mercy and righteousness. Our believing is in vain if we don’t trust the power of the gospel to deliver us from death unto life eternal.

So how will you push through today? Don’t give up on the gospel because you no longer feel it’s needful for you. Push through with hope that each day you stand up for Christ, is another day that He stands up for you!

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