Welcome to CoCo’s Chitchat! I’m excited to announce that we’re starting a new series on the blog this week 😀
Today and the next three weeks we are going to be focusing on the gospel, because I truly believe it’s the best news ever and there’s nothing better for me to write about. I try to bring all of my posts back around to the gospel, but I felt it was high time we have some posts dedicated to the subject entirely.
This first post is an introduction, and then in the following weeks we will focus on the who and what of the gospel, the when and where, and the why and how. Certain ideas may carry over from one post to the next as it’s all connected, but that’s a general outline of what you can expect.
But first, why am I writing this series to begin with?
The gospel affects everyone.
We will get more into the who of the gospel next week, and this also ties into the why, but I wanted to start off by saying that nobody escapes its reality. The reality that there is life and death, good and evil, light and darkness. That is just how the world is. It is objective truth. The question is, whose side are you on?
The two sides are God’s side–those who have confessed with their mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in their hearts that God has raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9)–and the world’s side–those who refuse to accept Jesus Christ and deny Him as their Lord and Savior.
The side you are on determines everything about your life. Absolutely everything. Because a person who has been changed by the gospel is a new creation and therefore will live in their new identity. That might be confusing to some, but I hope to clarify through this post series and point you back to Scripture so you can understand for yourself straight from the source.
However, truth be told, not all of it will make sense for the person whose eyes have not been opened by the Spirit of God. A lot of what I am going to say will sound foolish and insane–it honestly doesn’t always make sense to me either. But that is part of the beauty of the gospel: there is always more truth to be discovered because God is just that big and that awesome. We will always continue to grow. If you can’t grasp something, or if you have questions, ask Him to reveal something to you. He is faithful to teach those who genuinely desire to learn and to grow.
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV
The gospel is what the world is really looking for.
We all have difficult questions about life, but we’re looking for answers in all the wrong places. We will not find fulfillment in our work, in our relationships, in our entertainment, in our media, in absolutely anything at all if we are doing so apart from God.
Apart from God, the world just isn’t going to make sense. There will be loose ends we will have to write off because there is no explanation for them. We try to manufacture reasons: we’re here to be good people, we’re here to make a difference and reach new heights, things happen because of chance or luck, science is making advancements and will soon solve all of our problems.
But the reasons we create are only a shiny veneer on top of the real answers we’re all looking for. We’re distracted by things like money, fame, and personal achievement. And that’s exactly what the enemy of God wants for us: as long as we’re distracted with our pretty little things and paying God no attention, he’s happy.
But here’s the truth–the truth that you, me, the devil, or anybody else –are not capable of changing:
Life will never make sense or bring fulfillment until we learn to listen to God.
Until we acknowledge that we are dissatisfied with what the world has to offer and look to God and His Word, we will continue to pursue dead-ends, futility, and hopelessness. But when we do turn to God and ask Him to lead us on the right path, we will discover love, joy, and peace as they were originally intended to be–genuine fruits of the Spirit, not the man-made versions.
Now, it isn’t like believers know all there is to know either. We are not this club of people who agree to sweep everything under the rug and say, “It all makes sense, because of God,” even when things don’t make sense. We don’t have to excuse our doubts away or live in ignorant bliss just because “there must be a reason.” Instead, we are invited to trust God and to learn from Him. There is a significant difference between ignorant bliss and childlike faith.
Trust me, believers don’t have all the answers either. I don’t have all the answers. But we serve a God who does know, and we have faith that He will reveal things to us at the right time. However, we do have something that the rest of the world doesn’t–assurance of where we will spend eternity, peace and joy even in the midst of chaos, and a life-giving relationship with a God who makes the hard times a whole lot more meaningful and worthwhile.
Christianity isn’t for those who know everything or who have everything figured out. In fact, as we will see, it is for people who are quite the opposite.
Jesus replied to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a doctor, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”Luke 5:31 CSB
The gospel is the mission of every believer.
If we have been saved by God’s truth, we should desire–and are actually commanded–to bring others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as well. It is part of our purpose in life (the other part being to enjoy God). It is our mission. It is our calling. It is the reason why God doesn’t just take us to Heaven on the spot.
The most loving thing we could ever do for a person is tell them about Jesus, and it would be absolutely selfish of us to stop trying to tell people simply because they don’t want to listen.
Now, I believe we ought to seek to understand before we seek to be understood. Not only is that idea the 5th habit of highly effective people (according to Stephen Covey), but it is also the calling of a Christian because that is a quality of love–[love] does not insist on its own way (1 Corinthians 13:5).
My aim is not to force truth down your throat and make you believe something simply because I do. And especially if you claim to be a Christian, I don’t want you to just go along with what I say, nodding your head because the words sound good. I want you to genuinely believe it for yourself, but I don’t want to encourage you in a way that feels preachy, judgmental, forced, or like old news.
Because of that, the comments are open, and you may contact me directly using the form on the “contact” page. I would love to hear your concerns and do my best to point you to Scripture or other resources that I feel would be helpful to you.
Again, I don’t have all the answers, but I am a fellow beggar who happens to have been told where the Bread is. And I want to bring all of my friends to eat as well.
“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again. But as I told you, you’ve seen me, and yet you do not believe. Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never cast out.John 6:35-37 CSB
I hope you are excited to dig in and explore what the Bible has to say! If you want to be sure you don’t miss a post, you can join my mailing list and be guaranteed a weekly reminder (as well as additional encouragement) in your inbox.
Until next week, friends!
In Christ now and always,