Easter is a good time to reflect and reset our motives in line with the truth of the Gospel. So, be patient with me and hear my plea in saying that the Gospel is not living a pleasant and blessed life. It is not attracting or declaring favour over circumstances, having a better job or pay increase. It is not speaking over a $100 note in the eager expectation to get rich, having extra anointing and gifts nor receiving a unique calling. It is not releasing apostolic or prophetic authority over the earth. It is not being made for greatness or finding our purpose. It is not the removal of a headache, backache, having both legs being the same length or any other kind of physical healing. Nor is it experiencing emotional worship and growing deeper in our spiritual pursuits. It is not working to gain higher intimacy with God. It is not having visions and heavenly downloads while growing large decked out churches with refined systems and procedures. It is not the infiltration and commandeering of the marketplace. It is not the annihilation of world hunger and the ushering in of global peace. Nor is it the march for sexual and racial equality. It is not being a prime exegete or masterful theologian. Nor is it being a skilled apologist who’s well read in textual criticism nor any ability to cut another down in a memory verse sword fight.
The truth is, I do not need a crucified and risen saviour to accomplish any of the above. But to stand before a holy and righteous God – the creator of all things, I need …that which is of first importance: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures… (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus Christ was delivered over to death for our sins and raised to life for our justification (Romans 4:25). The holy and righteous creator of all things will one day come to judge the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1). Yet the perfect love of God has cast out all fear of judgement (1 John 4:18) for those of us covered in the righteousness of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19). And if we’re ever tempted to change or add to this good news then all we’ve done is proven that we have not come to understand the gospel and the weight of what Christ has accomplished.
Please, I ask that if you have in any way changed or added to the simplicity of the gospel, that you repent and strive to align yourself with the truth of God’s word.
May we all find rest in the complete and sufficient work of Christ this Easter.
To God be the Glory – Bevin.