Have you ever thought about how important it is to preach the gospel to yourself every day? Even as Christians, our hearts need to be reminded of the message of the gospel daily. Why? Because our minds are easily diluted.
It is so easy to start blindly believing that the Christian walk is about what we do instead of what we believe. Another way to say that is that it’s easy to get caught up in thinking that it is all about our works and not our faith. It is so easy to begin trying to earn our salvation by doing all the Christian duties. Reading our Bibles, praying, going to church, teaching Sunday school, leading a Bible study, being a counselor at a Christian camp, dressing modestly, avoiding the "big sins," helping in the nursery … all of these are good things, but none of these good things make us right with a Holy God. You are no closer to heaven when you do these things than when you lie, cheat, steal, or murder.
Ephesians 2:8–9 says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast."
If doing good things made you right with God, you would have no need for Christ. But since we can’t earn our salvation, we do have need for Christ! I have found that reminding myself of this truth daily is such an encouragement when I fail. Failure reminds me that I don’t measure up and that I need Christ!
All of our good works will never make us adequate, but Christ fills the voids and makes us strong. He makes us adequate! He already conquered sin and death, proving that He is capable of conquering your failures.
How about you? Have you forgotten the reality of the gospel? Are you somehow trying to earn favor with God by being a good person and doing good works? Are you discouraged by failure? What can you do today to preach the Good News of the gospel to your own heart?
This post is from guest blogger Ashley Mazelin.