Usually when I sit down to write a blog I generally just write about whatever the Lord has been teaching me lately. Recently, I was due to turn in a blog post and was praying about what to write as the only thing that kept coming to my mind I felt as if I had already written previously. At the risk of sounding super repetitive, however, I want to share what the Lord has been laying on my heart, particularly in this new season I find myself in with two little boys—one 17 months old and one four weeks old. I desperately need and you desperately need the Gospel.
What is the Gospel? There’s many verses that I could point you to that could sum up the Gospel, lately I’ve been thinking through Romans chapters five and six. “God showed his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). All of us are sinful at birth, completely dead in our trespasses and sins with no hope of doing anything to reconcile ourselves to a holy, cannot be in the presence of sin God (Psalm 51:5, Ephesians 2:1-5, Romans 3:10-12). Referring back to Romans 5, however, our creator God loved us and had a plan to reconcile us back to Himself—Jesus Christ, who humbled Himself and came to earth as a baby, fully God and fully man and lived a perfect life for us, went to the cross to be crucified, take on the full wrath of God, the penalty for our sins, was dead and buried and then three days later He rose again, defeating sin and death forever and is now seated at the right hand of God. Placing our faith in Jesus and the Gospel allows us to have new life in Christ and we too then die to sin and can live to righteousness by His grace. This is a brief summing up of the amazingness that is the Gospel, if you would like to know more please contact Thistlebend through this post, on our website, or on any of our social media sites for any questions or more information.
The Gospel can sometimes be looked at as something that saves us, but then doesn’t get much thought beyond that. I’m learning more and more that the Gospel is not something that I need just once, but it is something I need every single day, every moment of every single day. I recently asked the Lord why I do laundry every day. I’ve heard people say that even the most mundane tasks matter and can bring glory to God, but in my exhausted mind after no sleep from our newborn and a whiny toddler all day, I couldn’t see how my doing laundry or any other small task that I do every day really mattered in the grand scheme of eternity. I couldn’t understand how that could possibly bring God glory. For the record here, I’m not saying you have to do laundry every day, I’m just giving an example of something that could easily be seen as no big deal. He sweetly brought scriptures from Colossians 3, Titus 2, Romans 12, Philippians 2 and many others to mind and helped me process the Gospel through the lens of doing laundry and why the Gospel makes it matter. Romans 6:13 says, “Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.” I have been brought from death to life and so everything matters because of the Gospel, I am a slave to righteousness in Jesus because of what He did for me. This is so worthy to think on moment by moment because it causes such rejoicing and joy when you really believe it for the reality that it is if you are in Jesus. And this is such a perspective changer when both your babies are screaming uncontrollably, and both are smelling your house up with poopy diapers too ha-ha!
Like I said, I know I’ve written about this before, but if you don’t need to read it again, that’s ok, I just needed to write it out and think on it myself because goodness how easy it is to forget this beautiful, amazing reality when everything else that seems more real in our everyday world, like a mountain of laundry, is right in our face. I recently just finished a book by Gloria Furman called Missional Motherhood she said, “Discipleship is like waking up to remember that we are alive in Christ over and over and over again a hundred times a day, until the day when we no longer need to be reminded that we are in Christ forever because we can see Him.” So here’s one of your hundred reminders for today!
Planted for His Glory