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The Gospel Which Unites Us

I sat quietly in the car pondering what I had heard. My husband was doing the driving which made it easier for me to get lost in thought.

A question was asked, “Have you ever worked hard to earn something?”

I listened to the woman sharing how she always had what she needed. She never lacked or worried about a thing. She never had to work hard for what she wanted. She’s funny and personable and wasn’t making the point in a prideful way. Rather, she was sharing her experience growing up.

I had different responses, but I didn’t share them. I just listened to the responses of these people I was just meeting. They were so open. So honest. So matter-of-fact.

I was struck with how different we were. How completely different our lives have been. Sitting in the car lost in thought, it occurred to me that the only thing that can unite our significantly different lives is the message of the gospel.

Interrupting the silence, I turn to my husband, “We’ve heard thousands of messages of “greatness”, “prosperity”, “name-it-and-claim-it-by-faith”, “your blessing is right around the corner”, etc., etc., etc.. And people who have material needs jump, and shout, and cry, and believe. You’d think that God was moving in a mighty way. But that message simply appeals to the person “in need”.  That same message doesn’t work for the one who has all they need. That message fails to reach that person.

Sitting in the group, I realized the difficult task our pastor has in reaching thousands of very different people (from many different backgrounds and statuses) each week. And yet, for three and half years now, I’ve seen him do just that by simply preaching the gospel. It hit me clearly that as a communicator, as a writer, as someone with a message… the only message that will travel across racial and economical divides is the message of the gospel. Truly, only the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

And so, my friend, you and I might be living entirely different lives. We may not fully comprehend how the other “sees” the world (by the way, that conversation and dialogue might be a good one to have someday in the near future). However, I share with you someOne who transcends our boundaries and cannot be contained by labels, statuses, and man-made boxes. The gospel levels the ground between us, making way for you and I to come to the table and partake of His feast!

Praying over you these beautiful words taken from Colossians 1, the gospel which sincerely and purely unites us.

May you live in the truth of the gospel message. Salvation. May you grasp the hope of the inheritance which is laid up in heaven for you… incorruptible, undefiled, not fading away.

May this gospel message continue to bring forth fruit in your life. I pray that you’d be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. That you would always walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing him. May you be fruitful in every good work, and increase daily in the knowledge of God. May He strengthen you with all might according to His glorious power–working in you patience and long-suffering with joy. 

May you walk in thanksgiving to the Father who has qualified you to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints. May you walk in the deliverance made available to you when God delivered you from the power of darkness and conveyed you into the kingdom of His Son. In Him you are redeemed. In Him you are forgiven of your sins. May He present you holy and blameless and above reproach in His sight. 

I pray that in the power of God’s Holy Spirit, you’d continue in your faith, grounded and steadfast, not being moved away from the hope of the gospel. May it be so, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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