Sometimes we think there must be an additional secret sauce for the Christian life. Something that will initiate us into the Deeper Life or the Higher Life.
Sometimes we think the gospel provides our eternal fire insurance but there must be something more — a mystical experience, a discipleship course, a set of disciplines — that will lead us into a life-transforming experience.
The Bible connects our Christian life to the gospel. If you want to grow deeper in your Christian life, Paul says in Colossians 2:6-7, “as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
Our marriages are expressions of the gospel. In Ephesians 5:25: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
Our giving is an expression to the gospel. 2 Corinthians 9:13 says our giving is an expression of our confession of the gospel: “others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.”
Maturity in following Christ is connecting more and more of my life to the transforming power of the gospel: God loves me so much that he gave his son for me that I might know him eternally.
And God loves you that much too.
Is the gospel transforming your life?