It might sound obvious, but as Christians we must have the Gospel continually on our minds. It is the thing that holds everything else together in our lives. It’s like a teacher never looking at their lesson plans or a basketball player never looking at the playbook. But even those analogies don’t do it justice because the Gospel doesn’t just affect one part of our life, (like the teacher and the basketball player), but influences and guides every single aspect of our day.
And while it may sound obvious, I feel that of us, after having believed the Gospel for our salvation, try to “move on” to practical ways to defeat sin, feel better about ourselves and just live as a Christian. We seem to think the Gospel is for non-Christians and new Christians, but us mature Christians need more practical “how-to” type things to study.
But this is exactly why some of us have grown so little for so long. Hebrews 5:12-14 says “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” We have moved from the Gospel thinking we were looking for more solid food, but in fact we have left the only solid food that can help us grow.
So today I want to challenge us all to get back to the Gospel. This doesn’t mean we just read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but it does mean that we stop trying to make the Bible into 5 easy steps to overcome this sin or 4 ways to feel more happy. That is a cheap Gospel substitute. Rather, let us see that every part of the Bible is telling us the Gospel that we cannot, but Jesus did. There aren’t 5 easy steps, there was only 1 amazing sacrifice. There aren’t 4 ways, just 1 glorious miracle. We must ground ourselves in who Christ is and what He has accomplished. Anything else is a cheap substitute, isn’t really Christianity and will only leave you empty and looking for 5 new steps or 4 easy ways that just don’t exist.