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Turn Today Upside Down

There were multiple gas stations along the highway that day, but my sister and brother-in-law didn’t notice the low fuel gauge until they were twelve miles beyond the nearest one. So there they were, stuck on the side of a Texas highway on a hot summer day . . . completely out of gas.

When you’re on a road trip, we all know it’s not enough to have filled up yesterday or to plan on it tomorrow. You need gas in your tank today if you’re going to hit the road. (My sister can attest to that!)

The gospel is kind of like a tank of gas. It’s more than just forgiveness from your past sin and a promise of eternal life in your future. The good news is good news for you today. Right here. Right now.

When I say “the gospel,” what I mean is the good news of Jesus Christ: The Son of God becoming human flesh, living a perfect life, dying a criminal’s death, and being miraculously raised to life—all so sinners could be rescued and redeemed. Jesus is the good news that impacts your yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He not only redeems us from our past sins but grants us victory over current temptations. Because of Jesus, the gospel gives us hope for today as well as the promise of a future hope in heaven.

I’m not just saying this because it sounds nice. The Bible gives us assurance of these promises.

Paul wrote to the church in Corinth of how the gospel is so much more than a ticket to heaven. If you look at the book of 2 Corinthians, you’ll see some implications of the gospel in both our vertical and horizontal relationships . . . and beyond.

  • It comforts us in our affliction. (Chapter 1)
  • It enables us to forgive and love those who have wronged us. (Chapter 2)
  • It transforms us into the image of God’s glory and emboldens us to share the gospel. (Chapter 3)
  • It gives us the hope and strength to carry on even when hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, or struck down. (Chapter 4)
  • It builds in us courage to walk by faith. (Chapter 5)
  • It makes us targets for the enemy but conduits of love for the Savior. (Chapter 6)
  • It brings us to a godly grief and repentance over sin. (Chapter 7)
  • It fills us with abundant joy and causes us to give generously to those in need. (Chapter 8)
  • It showers us with grace to abound in every good work. (Chapter 9)
  • It empowers us to wage war against the flesh and take every thought captive to obey Christ. (Chapter 10)
  • It calls us to be “foolish” according to the world and cling to the truth of Jesus. (Chapter 11)
  • It humbles us, covers us in grace, and makes us strong when we are weak. (Chapter 12)
  • It restores our vertical relationship with God and calls us to live at peace in our horizontal relationships with others. (Chapter 13)

This is a tiny sampling of how the gospel works and changes every dimension of life—not just in your past or in your future. The Bible assures us that the Holy Spirit can and will work in you in the everyday moments of life to transform you into the image of God. The gospel is for right now.

There isn’t anything you or I struggle with or am tempted by that the gospel isn’t powerful enough to overcome. Like a roadside gas station, it’s always available to you if you’ll stop and fill up.

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? I can’t wait to tell you! (It’s seriously so good!) Will you come back Friday to find out?

For now, let’s chat in the comments!

  • Did you know the gospel impacts your daily life—or have you often viewed the gospel only as a get-into-heaven ticket?
  • How do you think the gospel changes even the small details in your daily life?

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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  • she is redeemed

    When I spend my day with Christ, starting with intentional time in the mornings, my whole day is filled to the brim with Joy – no matter what circumstance I may find myself in! Making Jesus a part of everything we do, like a lens that we see througj, is the most remarkable thing! We can love more, be more generous and do more for His kingdom because we are allowing Him to direct our steps! Can’t wait to read the next post 😊

    • Madi Pitts

      I couldn’t agree more! I just had a very un-Godly day and it was only until the end of today when I realized that it was because I totally missed my time in the Word. A struggle for me if also giving the Word my full attention or full effort, but I find for easily distracted people like me I comprehend and even apply more when I take notes about it!!

      • Leanna Shepard

        Hi Madi, just want to chime in to say I love your enthusiasm for God’s Word! I also thought I’d add this reminder: Starting your day in the Word is about spending time with Jesus and doesn’t guarantee us a good day or godly behavior. That means the opposite isn’t true either–that if you skip your devotions you’re doomed to fail.

        It’s *wonderful* that you’re eager to begin the day in God’s Word. It should and often does keep our focus on Jesus throughout the day, therefore helping us fight sin and temptation. But whether or not we begin that way first thing every morning doesn’t change your approval rating with God or determine in and of itself how well your day will go. I hope this encourages you and relieves you of any worries of “jinxing” your day. 🙂

        Thanks again for contributing to the conversation. That’s a great idea to take notes to stay focused as you read!

        Rooting for you!
        Leanna

  • Faith Mbofana

    wow. this is great and really encouraging. Praise God