Let Me Tell You About Jesus
The gospel of Jesus Christ is mentioned 93 times in the New Testament. Seven of those references are in the first chapter of the book of Philippians. Here are two of them:
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” Philippians 1:27–28
The gospel compels us to live worthy of it and strive together for it.
In the last few months, the Spirit has flooded my heart multiple times with compassion for lost and broken people who need this good news:
- During a particular song at a secular concert where I glimpsed the heart of God for the 9,000 people around me.
- At a truck stop in Wyoming while driving our daughter and her family’s possessions in a U-Haul as they moved from Oregon to Colorado.
- In the middle of a presentation at church by missionaries who have given their hearts and lives to bring the gospel to the people of northern Pakistan.
- In the checkout line at our local grocery store.
Just simple everyday moments. In each of these, I did not have the opportunity to share the gospel, but wow did I pray Jesus would meet these people. Moments like this remind me I am called to live worthy of my Lord, worthy of His sacrifice, and worthy of this amazing and powerful good news.
And you know what else? These glimpses of the heart of God for people also call me to “strive together as one for the faith of the gospel.” The petty and unimportant issues that some in our country debate and divide over fade to nothing in the light of the overwhelming love of God.
Friends, as we celebrate the One who came to us—to be with us, to save us—Jesus, let us set aside differences that divide and distract us. Let us lift up the worthy name of our Savior, and let us sing with all our hearts to all those who will listen: “Let me tell you about my Jesus!”
In His Beautiful and Powerful Name,