DayBreaks for 01/31/12 – Living the Full Gospel

DayBreaks for 01/31/12 – Living the Full Gospel

We must not just speak the Word, we must live it...

8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ – Luke 10:8-9

What is the gospel?  When you hear the word, what do you think of?  How about when you hear the word “evangelism”?  Do you envision someone knocking on your door to tell you that Jesus loves you?  Or greeting you on the street and warning you that you’ll go to hell if you don’t accept Jesus?

Of course, the word “gospel” means good news.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like good news, do you?  I mean, who wouldn’t like the Publisher’s Clearing House van pulling up in front of their house to tell you that you’re the grand prize winner?  Most of us would think that is good news, right?

And it is good news that Jesus loves us.  It is!  And when you find out that you’ve “won” the favor of God (not because of what you have done, but simply because of what He has done), that is far better news than winning the grand prize from PCH!

I wonder, though, if we really understand the gospel.  This past Sunday, a guest speaker from Sao Paulo, Brazil, made a statement that I think bears repeating.  He said we are to live the gospel in word, and in deed.  What did he mean?

I grew up with a lot of emphasis being placed on sharing the Word…telling people the story, doing my best to convince them of their need to accept Christ’s free gift of salvation.  To me, that was what the gospel was – proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor.  But that’s just a part of it.  When Jesus sent the disciples out in Luke 10, he told them to proclaim the message: “The Kingdom of God is near you,”, i.e., share the Word about the joyous news.  But what else did they do?  They cast out demons and healed the sick.  That’s the other part of the gospel – the “deed” part.

Have we focused so much on the Word side of the gospel that we’ve neglected the “deed” side?  If so, we’re not fully representing the gospel to the world and the world is a poorer place for it.

PRAYER: Let us speak the word, and live the gospel deeds before the world by your enabling Spirit!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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1 thought on “DayBreaks for 01/31/12 – Living the Full Gospel

  1. This is very true,we have not seen many miracles and Jesus said greater things will you do who believe.Why are the sick dieing and the lame still in wheel chairs even more than ever? Non belief in the Holy Spirit of God for healing and all works of the Spirit. He is alive and people should shout it on the roof tops He is alive!!!! Think back to when you first herd of Jesus and the works of the Holy Spirit when you had the Zest to do good things and work good for each other,giving is far better then receiving think of the Widows mite she is still remembered like he sad she would be. I ask Father every day to be able to bless others and to be able to be used in his honor for heeling’s and his message for anything he needs me for even my life if need be.If Jesus is all in all and everything to everyone that’s who I want to be in Him.I pray for the Shekinah Glory to illuminate through me and for me to be a lamp for all the brothers and sisters in Christ,especially in these times of darkness and distress.When Jesus was in Gethsemane he asked for them to stand in the Gap for him and none were their by his side they all were asleep.Our Lord Jesus was all alone in his time of need and comfort from his friends.Greater hath love for no man then to lay down his life for a friend,to God be the glory in Christ Jesus!!!

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