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Good News is Life!

I think the Bible tells us to live and love like Jesus, and the scriptures tell us a lot about how He lived and loved. Last time, I wrote about what I think that means. You can see for yourself what the Bible says about Jesus, and how we’re supposed to love our neighbor as ourselves.

I’ll tell you what living like Jesus is not about. It’s not about health, wealth, and prosperity. These are things that God chooses to bless us with as he sees fit. Whether you are blessed with them or not, you can still be fulfilled through discipleship.

Living like Jesus is also not about your best life now. Not all the time. I know sometimes Christians say that once you’re saved, everything’s going to be hunky dory. But that’s a tactic they use to get you saved. And it works! People hear a promise like that, and of course they get saved. They think they’re going to become rich!

But then when they don’t become rich, they say there is no God.

We get into this salvation mentality. We think we just have to get people saved, and then we’re done. I truly don’t believe that’s where it ends. I truly believe that salvation is just the beginning. It’s the beginning of a life of discipleship. It’s living out an understanding of what the Gospel means.

What is the Good News? I mean, what is the Jesus Gospel? That you have to accept Christ or rot in hell? There are people seriously claiming that a threat like that is good news. I’m sorry, but that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

The lifestyle of Jesus, the one He lived and taught us to live, is good news. The discipleship lifestyle is the Gospel. Salvation and justification are part of it. They are our beginning, but we’re called to live it.

You hear people ask, “Did Jesus speak the Gospel?” And some people will say He didn’t. They will say He couldn’t have. They will say the Gospel didn’t come until after Jesus died.

That’s a little mind-boggling to me! I mean, Jesus is the Gospel! Jesus is the good news! Whatever Jesus did was the good news. He was IT! Of course He preached the Gospel, because He did the Gospel! But people don’t think like that.

That just shows me where we’re at. We’re stuck in this salvation mentality. We focus everything on Jesus’ death. We think we’re done being Christians when we acknowledge His death for our sins. But what about His life? How can we ignore that, when the Bible contains a detailed account of all the things He did and all the things He said, and all the instructions He gave to everyone who wanted to be His disciple?

Sometimes I ask myself why I live the way I live, and that nails what I’m saying here. Why do I live the way I live? I don’t ask myself why I am the way I am. I know the answer to that. I’m saved. I’m justified by Christ. But I don’t assume that means I’m good. I’m not necessarily good. I’m not necessarily right. I’m not necessarily on the right path. I examine the way I live, because I want to be His disciple.

Do I mess up? Yes. Am I always good? No. Am I always on the right path? No. But when I get off on the wrong path, I ask the Spirit to lead me back. And I believe that the Spirit does, because I want the discipleship lifestyle. I want to be deeper, I want to go further, I want to be on His path. How do I know when I’m on His path? I’m there when I’m fulfilled, when I’m happy, when I’m full of joy.

How about you? See you Thursday.

3 thoughts on “Good News is Life!

  1. This post means more to me personally because I found God and Christ at 15 in 2001 and now I’m 27…. It’s not about being great it’s having Grace by God and Christ, the teach us that riches and weath don’t matter but being close to God and Christ are… Thank you for posting!!!

  2. Being a disciple of Jesus means moving towards being more like Him….. Loving God, Loving our neighbor and loving others all are part of that discipleship!

  3. I’m a Giants fan and I have seen and heard you speak about Christ. I just stumbled upon your blog and I just wanted to thank you for this.

    I believe God has you (along with other Christian athletes), in a position that enables you to be used by Him in a way more public way than I. Not saying He doesn’t use me, but you have such a great platform. I’m so thankful to see you use that platform.

    I believe as you, that being a Christian doesn’t end at salvation. That is the beginning. The Bible clearly states faith without works is dead. Basically, if your faith isn’t producing works, if you’ve stopped at asking Jesus into your heart, then you’ve missed the point. Jesus wants your faith in Him, but He wants this faith to move you to live as He showed us to live.

    If I may be so bold as to ask you, a fellow believer, would you add my wife to your prayer list? A little over a month ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She recently underwent a double mastectomy. Pray for God to guide us through this and the treatment decisions. Pray for her healing. Pray the He gives me the strength I need to care for her and our 3 kids (8,7,2), while she is on the path.

    Thank you. I pray God continue to use you and me, from right where He has us, for His glory.

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