Devotional

“Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” – Luke    

We live the gospel daily when we follow Acts 29. Before you look, there is no Acts chapter 29 in the Bible. Never has been. The point is that our lives are that next chapter, the continuation of Christ’s mission on earth.  To do that we must try to bring Christ into all parts of our lives. And that starts with living the gospel on a daily basis.   

It is one thing to understand the gospel but is quite another to experience the gospel in such a way that it fundamentally changes us and becomes the source of our identity and security. It is one thing to grasp the substance of the gospel but it is quite another to master its implications for life. We all struggle to explore the mysteries of the gospel on a regular basis, but we should allow its message to influence our lives daily. This is an important part of everyday life for everyday people who follow Jesus. So how do we do that?  How do we learn to do God’s will—to walk with Him—every single day? 

First, look to Christ today: We look to doctors, lawyers, financiers, teachers, and friends for various kinds of assistance, information, and help. But the One Who can help, advise, and befriend us more than all others is Jesus Christ. The Lord is an ever-present help and never-failing friend in our race of life. “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” (Hebrews 12:2) Second, learn from Christ today:  We must never get so busy that we neglect God’s Word. Only by reading, studying, and meditating upon the Word can we find true wisdom to guide us on a daily basis. 

Third, lean on Christ today: Proverbs 3:5 (ESV) says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”  Our memory, strength and endurance may fail us at times, we can confidently lean on Christ, knowing He is with us, before us, beside us, and in us, enabling us along the way. Psalm 37:40 says, “The Lord helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find shelter in him.”

And fourth, love as Christ today: “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” (Ephesians 5:2). Love is a little word but not a little thing. Just as God said to Abraham, “I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.” (see Genesis 12:2) He will also do the same through us. If we will make it a habit to help people, encourage them, and treat them the way we want to be treated, then we will show God’s love in ways that really matter. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you think of the gospel on a daily basis? If not why not?
  2. What can we do this week to make the gospel a part of our daily lives?