Christians spend a lot of time trying to “look Christian”. We spend even more time trying to get other people to look like us. We have all sorts of ideas about the “worst” sins to avoid and the “best” works to accomplish. The church has focused on music beats, skirt lengths, homosexuality, politics, and a number of other seemingly grand causes. However, these things are not the gospel.
However, these things are not the gospel.
The gospel is good news.
The good news can only come after the bad news – that we are ALL sinners bound for hell. Thankfully, God in his love, sent his only son to die for us. Jesus took our place and offers us grace through faith in him.
This is the bottom line. This is the big picture. If we get away from focusing on grace, we enter into the worst sin possible. We start to believe that we are superior. We start to feel righteous, because of our own works.
This is dangerous.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools (Romans 1:21-22)
Grace and grace alone must be our hope. We must be thankful and glorify God as the only means of our salvation. We will become foolish and darkened if we take the glory for ourselves.
The Gospel is the power of God. Not my works. Not my rules. Not me.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)