I really appreciate my church. Pastor Steve and Pastor Rich are fantastic about preaching the gospel message. I’m especially impressed with Pastor Rich because he is so new to us. He has preached a few times and delivered a solid and clear gospel message. He often does introductory/closing prayer for Steve. Even in those, the gospel is clear – that we are sinners in need of a Savior in Jesus Christ alone.
This message is important to me. Sure, it’s important to those who do not believe. We hope that in hearing the gospel their hearts may be softened to repentance. However, they are not the only ones that need to hear the gospel. I do. All believers do. Why? Because we forget. I forget. How so? I let the cares of the world fill my mind so that I don’t pay attention to the gospel. That’s called drifting. Drifting isn’t good.
So, I need to hear the gospel regularly or I forget it. Daily. Sunday is good, but I need it daily. Hourly. Actually, when things are running really well between me and Jesus, the gospel is going through my mind all day long. Isn’t that what I want? Addicts and alcoholics strive to keep a buzz going for as long as possible. What about the buzz I get with Jesus? Am I interested in keeping that going? I should think so. What are some of the things I can do?
Praise God, even before I open my eyes in the morning. Thank Him for all his blessings and ask Him to guide me throughout the day.Read my Bible. Find a good plan and stick with it.
Read a good morning devotional and think about the theme throughout the day. I may need to use reminders to jog my memory.
Pray over my meals. Give thanks and praise to God for all his provisions.
Pray throughout the day. Alone in the morning. With co-workers and friends. Alone at night.
Listen to Christian radio. Find a good mix of sermons and music. Fill my day with it.
Journal about my walk with Jesus.
Interact with Christians. Don’t just visit. Talk about Jesus and what He is doing in our lives.
Call someone that I haven’t spoken to in a while. Sooner or later, I will be a bright light in someone’s dark day.
Share the gospel with a stranger. Take some risks. I’ll be surprised how fun it is! Even excited!
How does that sound? I think it sounds like a great way to spend the day, don’t you?
Father, rearrange my priorities. Create a longing in my soul that is quick to recognize when I stray. And, thank you so, so much for pastors that faithfully deliver the gospel message each and every time they preach. Amen.
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