> The Gospel is not Seasonal – Mark 10:17-22
This coming Sunday, churches will be filled with people who see Easter as the only necessary time to go to church. While it is good that people will come to church, we must recognize that the Gospel is not meant for just a springtime church service! It’s not about the khakis and pastel colored Polo shirts and ham dinners at the country club! The Gospel is meant to be on our lips and in our hearts constantly. Blaise Pascal, 17th century philosopher dead guy, said that the “gospel is simply irresistible.” Is that how you feel? Are you drawn to the Gospel? Do you desire to know Him more and live out your life for Him more on a daily basis? The Gospel is not going to church and following the rules, it’s knowing that Christ died and rose again and that your sins are forgiven if you trust in Him. WOW!
> The Gospel is not Glamorous – Mark 10:32-34, Mark 8:35-38
A Gospel centered lifestyle does not exactly look like what most people in this world would call exciting. You follow someone who died on a cross, rose again and is coming back one day? Really? Of course we know it’s more than that but the appeal is not always immediate. The Gospel doesn’t always look like the coolest choice. The appeal comes from people seeing you live a Gospel centered life and doing whatever it takes to get closer to Jesus and share His love. Jesus says in John 13 that you will prove to the world that you are His disciples by your love (John 13:35).
> The Gospel is not Convenient – Mark 10:43-44, 1 Corinthians 9:19, 22-23
The lifestyle of a Christian is to serve and to give your life to others. The only reason we can do that is because Jesus first did this for us. Jesus tells is in Mark 8 that this means denying yourself, taking us your cross and following Him (Mark 8:34). Just because you go to a Christian school, just because you might go to a Christian school, doesn’t mean you follow the Gospel. This is not a convenient label that you wear when it suits you! This means putting aside things in order to serve and love others. It’s pretty stinkin’ hard to lay your life down for someone, but there is no greater love (John 15:13). I don’t always want to do it! But it’s weird how something that goes against human reason can actually produce so much joy! If we serve to serve, then we’ll get burned, but if serve because we love Christ, we receive joy.
> The Gospel IS a lifestyle – Philippians 3:7-8
St. Augustine, another really smart dead guy says, “If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.” Yikes! I don’t want to follow my own version, I want to follow His! So I’ve talked about the Gospel but what is it? The Gospel is this: Jesus came as a man, lived a sinless life, was crucified, rose again on third day, conquering death and sin and giving the free gift of eternal life to all those who will believe. Is that the Gospel you know? How do you view the Gospel? Do you only want to live it out occasionally when its convenient? I pray that you will find the Gospel absolutely irresistible this Holy Week! The Good News should produce so much joy in a believer and I pray you will ask God to increase your joy in the Gospel this Easter.