Jan 8: This is the Gospel Day 1: The Gospel Changes Everything

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

Yesterday a sorority sister, and friend messaged me to tell me she was proud of me for what I’m doing, and that she was excited to see how God continues to pull me back to him.  I really appreciate the messages of encouragement and people telling me their happy I’m doing what I’m doing for myself.

That friend told me I should check out shereadstruth.com and to look at a study plan on there titled “This is the Gospel”.  So I did.  “This is the Gospel” is a 14 day study plan that I think really applies to what I’m going through.  The description of the plan is here:

“Do you know you were designed on purpose, with intention, love and care? Do you know you are broken, but the One who created you can make you whole? Do you know you have hope today—real, everlasting, all-encompassing hope? Whether you are a curious onlooker or long-time believer, we invite you to join us as we explore the definition, scope, and life-changing implications of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s the story of all stories. Let’s tell it to one another again.”

Yep, that’s me.

So I checked out Day 1: The Gospel Changes Everything.

I Know:          I was designed for a purpose.  I am tragically broken.  I have hope

I do have hope, I have hope that I will change my life for the better.  I can change to become new, to become a strong woman in Christ.

“We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”  Pastor and teacher, Tim Keller

I think this quote from Tim Keller really speaks for everybody.  We all are sinners.  Even my grandmother, whom I considered to be the most Godly woman I’ve ever known, sinned.  She dyed her hair.  That’s funny isn’t it?  Simply things such as cutting your hair or piercing your body are considered sin.  We all sin.  I’ve sinned my whole life.  I’ve pierced my ears, I’ve indulged in alcohol, I use fowl language, I’ve tattooed my body, and I’ve disobeyed my parents.  These are just a few sins I can name off the top of my head.  Those sins will be forgiven, if I ask them to be.  Christ is willing to accept those sins for me, because he loves me.  

“Jesus Loves Me”.  Just as the study says, those words are easy to understand.  We sing those words as children and know that Jesus is there for us, that we are always loved.

“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”  1 Corinthians 13:12 

We don’t see God fully, we don’t until we’re face to face with Christ.  We will see fully when we are made complete in the presence of God.  That’s when we will have an understanding and appreciation for God’s creativity.

I have seen God’s wonders.  I look at his magnificent Mountains everyday.  I’ve seen his vast seas.  I’ve sat under a night sky looking up to his stars, singing his praises.  But I haven’t seen everything.

Right now I might be looking through a fogged window, I might only see a dimmed mirror.  But I do know when I will see clearly.

 

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