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The Gospel in Your Nitty-Gritty

On Wednesday we took a deep dive into the life-changing impact of the gospel. It’s not just the way we got saved or a ticket into heaven. It truly changes everything!

So we asked these questions:

  • How different could our lives be if we truly grasped the reality of the gospel for our day-to-day life?
  • What if we allowed the gospel to infiltrate every nitty-gritty part of our thoughts, attitudes, and activities?

Here’s what Scripture tells us about the radical power of the gospel to transform our daily lives.

The Gospel Frees You from Fear

Because the gospel is true for me today, I do not have to live in fear . . . of regrets, of mistakes, of danger, of the future, of the unknown. Instead . . .

I can live in freedom and with joy because:

  • Jesus removed all my guilt and shame on the cross (Gal. 5:1).
  • All grace is mine in Christ Jesus (John 1:17).

I can set goals and make decisions without dread because:

  • I can trust God to work in and through me. He is greater than my mistakes (Rom. 8:28).
  • God has given me the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me (Rom. 8:26–27).

I can face sickness and death with confidence because:

The Gospel Frees You from Anxiety

Because the gospel is true for me today, I do not have to be overcome by anxieties . . . from being alone, from being with others, from outside pressures, from inward failures. Instead . . .

I can engage with others in love and live fearlessly for Christ because:

  • My value comes from God and not others’ opinions of me (Gal. 1:10).
  • The love of Jesus compels me to speak of His love (1 John. 4:7–12).
  • I am not to isolate myself from the world but to engage, inform, and influence for the kingdom (Matt. 28:18–20).

I can care for and not neglect my own needs without feeling vain or selfish because:

  • I am beautifully and wonderfully made in the image of God (Ps. 139:13–16).
  • My body is the temple of the Lord to be used for His purposes (Eph. 2:19–22).
  • I am to be a good steward of what God has given me (Luke 19:11–27).

I can battle against temptation—to sin, to despair—and win because:

  • Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John. 4:4).
  • I am armed with the Sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:10–18).
  • I have been set free from the chains of sin and raised from the dead to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:6–12).
  • There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1–2).

I can perform without the pressure to be perfect because:

The Gospel Infuses Our Lives with Joy!

Because the gospel is true for me today, I don’t have to feel joyless . . . from a lack of trust, from self-centeredness, from narrow-mindedness. Instead . . .

I can gladly and genuinely care more about others than myself because:

  • My Savior lived this out for me (Phil. 2:3–7).
  • All are created in the image of God and should be respected and loved (Gal. 5:13).

I can find meaning and enjoyment in the ordinary because:

  • There is purpose behind even the most mundane task when you’re living for Jesus (Col. 3:17).
  • God created things like food and drink, mountains and oceans, music and literature, for us to cultivate and enjoy (Ps. 104).

I can find purpose even in suffering, sorrow, and pain because:

  • I know it is only temporary, to be replaced by an eternity of no tears or pain (Rev. 21:4).
  • It is to be expected and even counted a privilege to suffer with Christ (1 Peter 2:21–23).
  • It is a small taste of what Jesus suffered for me (Heb. 2:9–10).
  • It makes me long for heaven with Jesus and keeps my focus and purpose set on Him (Acts 20:22–24; Rom. 8:18).

This isn’t nearly an exhaustive list. The beautiful and miraculous implications of the gospel are endless! That’s because, as author Paul Tripp says, “If you’re God’s child, the gospel isn’t an aspect of your life, it is your life; that is, it is the window through which you look at everything.”

So what else do you see through that gospel window? What would you add to this list of ways the gospel is good news for today?

About Author

Leanna Shepard

Leanna began serving on staff with Revive Our Hearts in the summer of 2014. Though originally from Arkansas and now residing in Michigan, her citizenship is in heaven, having been adopted as daughter of the King at age ten. She loves a cup of hot tea with a good book, experimenting in the kitchen with a new recipe, and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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  • Sarah Bean

    I LOVE this blog! I loved all the scripture bits you put into your mini sermon. When ever I feel stressed it is very comforting to hear God’s Word. My verse is
    He will never leave you nor forsake you. Thank you!

    • Leanna Shepard

      Ahh yes, I love that verse, too! Such a good one to remember when you’re feeling alone, afraid, anxious, etc. ☺️