John 5:2 (CJB)
25 Yes, indeed! I tell you that there is coming a time — in fact, it’s already here — when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who listen will come to life.
There are many points where I struggle in sharing life with others. Still after 14 years I get frustrated when I can feel the restlessness of change coming. At certain points when the rhythmn of days or needs of others impacts my routine...there are so many details of how I think things should be and challenges to communicate expectations and accept differences. I was challenged recently with a simple question "what does the gospel mean to you". I honestly had to stop and had no answer. I have been moved by compassion, motivated by the tasks in front of me, praying for salavation and hope for others...but the simple truth that God so loved the world he gave His only son...The simple truth that is really why I am here and what I am called to. To live out that love...
I realized that some of the struggle in doing life with others is working through how I face and respond to the places that are unredeemed...in myself and in others. I realized I should not stop recognizing the need to live out and share Jesus. He is calling out through me to bring the dead to life. So, "what does the gospel mean to me" it means love. It means recognizing that the work of sharing the gospel is not a once and done thing spoken only in words or through a message on Sunday...it is living out and being open to be the voice of Jesus to speak love, to act in love and to pause when I am leading from a place of frustration or the natural selfishness I feel over use of time, sharing space and giving up the way I think things should be. The love that motivated Jesus to die on the cross for the sole purpose of seeing me "come to life", that is the message of the gospel and that is the love I want to live.
May you know the hope of the gospel! May you recognize the voice of Jesus calling to you!
May you be infused and encouraged with the love that died to bring you life!