A few months back, while working, I was praying & asking Jesus where was my relationship with him. It hadn’t seemed like it had been much lately, and, not trying to sound arrogant, it had certainly felt like it had been one sided. A couple of days later, I was listening to a documentary while I was back at work. It was simply the gospel message. My heart squeezed and cried out, “this is where I want to stay.” And in response it seemed a faint whisper saying “see, we have a relationship.”
It was then, I realized that I need to hear the gospel regularly and always. It isn’t something to hear, accept and move on to be a Christian. All too often, even though with good intentions, we mistakenly leave its refreshing shade with our distractions of daily living, jobs, and ministries. I think this is how most of us end up feeling spiritually dry, parched, and discouraged.
I firmly believe we were never meant to do or be anything without remaining underneath the shadow of the cross. The Gospel was never meant to be a one time event in our life. It is part of who we are and what we do every day. It is still just as much needed as a good Christian as it is needed for a wicked unbeliever.
If you are a weary Christian, feeling discouraged, lost, or maybe just calloused towards God and others, may I suggest listening or reading the gospel message again. Frankly, I think we need to make a regular habit of taking a step back, letting go of our politics, theologies, wants, desires, & opinions for a moment and just listen to the gospel. This is our point of origin and this is where we remain fixed. We never need to underestimate the reach of His hands from that place.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned — every one — to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.~ Isaiah 53:4-6
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus . . ~ Romans 3:23-24
Though he was in the form of God, [Jesus] did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.~ Philippians 2:6-8
[Jesus] committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. ~ 1 Peter 2:22-25