20924900_9770d2c98b_mJesus says to his disciples upon his departure, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation (Mark 16:15).”

And what is that “gospel”?

Could it be…
a. Be good more, be bad less and pleasant all the time….
b. Go to Sunday meetin’…
c. Hold elevator doors open for old people…
d. Don’t cuss, don’t chew, and don’t hang with those who do…

How about none of the above.

I’m not against good living, right living–or even holy living (and by “holy” I mean essentially a life set apart for God instead of a wasted life defined by following a bunch of meaningless and man sanctioned rules). Here is what I am against: The substitution of good living in the place of the gospel. In other words, right living doesn’t amount to the gospel. Our holy living won’t save us. Jesus didn’t die in our place because of anything we did, actually it was just the opposite. He suffered on our behalf in spite of what we have done and because of what we have failed to do.

So, the gospel isn’t “Look at us and how wonderful we live and how well we behave… notice all of the people we help.” No, the gospel is “Look at Jesus and see good he is… look at me and any good you see is because of “Christ in [me], the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).”

Thoughts?

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