19 For God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men’s sins against them but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. 2 Corinthians 5:19, The Living Bible
The gospel is not about what you do or do not do — but rather what Christ did and has done.
The Apostle Paul tells us the gospel is God’s invitation to us who hear it and believe everything we hear. There is nothing to stop us from enjoying a relationship with God and having the privilege to call God our Father — because of what Jesus Christ has accomplished and fulfilled for us through His full and finished work on the Cross.
God’s invitation to salvation is free and open to everyone who will receive it.
Jesus does not require you to be godly before you can come to Him. This is because it is He who justifies the ungodly (Romans 4:5) and gives them rest from their sin and own human effort to be right with God (Matthew 11:28).
It requires humility on our part and grace from God to grow well.
When you respond to the gospel through a faith freely given by God and continue to have the faith to believe, God will give you the grace to obey Him and serve Him. Your ability to do good works does not start with you but comes from God alone.
The Christian life is not busy but restful. This rest is not about resting from work, but resting in work because you are connected to God who is the source and supply of your spiritual life.
If you are suffering from ministry burnout and disappointments, do not beat yourself up about it. The kindest thing you can do for yourself is to go back to the gospel and let God make it real to you again.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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