DayBreaks for 11/07/06: The Gospel According to You
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2006:
There’s a sweet old story translated for man,
But writ in the long, long ago –
The gospel, according to Mark, Luke and John
Of Christ and his mission below.
Men read and admire the Gospel of Christ
With its love so unfailing and true.
But what do they say and what do they think,
Of the Gospel according to you?
‘Tis a wonderful story, that Gospel of love,
As it shines in the Christ life divine,
And O, that its truth might be told again,
In the story of your life and mine.
Unselfishness mirrors in every scene,
Love blossoms on every sod,
And back from its vision the heart comes to tell,
The wonderful goodness of God.
You are writing each day a letter to men,
Take care that the writing is true,
‘Tis the only Gospel that some men will read –
That gospel according to you. (Author Unknown)
As I sit in my study and contemplate this poem, I’m forced to consider a very disturbing question. It brought me face to face with the passage that Paul wrote in Galatians 1:9 – I will say it again: If anyone preaches any other gospel than the one you welcomed, let God’s curse fall upon that person. What does the “gospel according to you” say? How well does it resemble the “gospel according to Christ” – the one he lived – day in and day out? We may have our moments of brilliance when we shine like stars in the universe for the glory of God, but we also have our moments (far too many!) when we’re mired in the pig-pen beside the Prodigal.
So the question of the day is simply this: if someone were only to observe my life, what conclusions would they reach about Christ?
PRAYER: Lord, let us be alert to the gospel that our lives are writing and may we be faithful carriers of the story and nature of Christ! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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