PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 11/18/2018

In John 20:21, Jesus tells us, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (ESV). This is the same call as the Great Commission in Matthew 28, where Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations… This may sound daunting, but if our hearts are gripped by the gospel, we’ll long to live on mission this way…

The French reformer John Calvin once wrote, “The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.” In other words, until the gospel captivates your soul, transforms your heart, and changes your life you haven’t fully grasped it. Not that any of us have fully grasped it. The gospel is infinitely rich and we’ll be beholding the glory of it for all eternity. But, when God causes a person to be born again He captivates them with His gospel.

Now, part of the reason the gospel transforms our life is because when the gospel comes into our lives it awakens us to our very purpose for existence: to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. The gospel makes us alive to Christ and dead to sin. And the gospel makes us dead to our old way of life: living for sinful pleasure and the fame of our selves; and it makes us alive to the Christian life: a life full of joy in Christ and a life gladly poured out for the fame of Christ among all peoples. Essentially, we pour out our lives for Christ by taking the gospel that has come into our lives out to the world to make disciples.

When the gospel goes in it must go out. We are a people who were created for God’s glory. And we are called to glorify God by pouring out our lives for the fame of Jesus among all peoples. This starts in our everyday lives. At our workplace, neighborhood, schools, etc… But it doesn’t stop there. We are called to carry this glorious gospel to the ends of the earth. Every Christian this side of heaven owes the gospel to every lost person this side of hell. And every Christian this side of heaven should be spending their lives to help others make it to heaven and prepare for heaven (evangelism and discipleship—being a faithful church member)… So may we live with great gospel-intentionality, and make our lives count for the cause of the Great Commission.

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick