The Bold Message of the Gospel Day 5 – The Power of the Gospel
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18, ESV)
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. (2 Corinthians 4:7, ESV)
One indisputable fact is this: Jesus transforms people. Some transformations are dramatic while others are less so, though not any less miraculous. Take Legion in the Bible, for example, a man possessed with many devils. So tortured by them was he that chains could not bind him, and he would cut himself with stones and cry out among the tombs. Then we have the Apostle Paul, who was having Christians imprisoned and put to death, making him the most feared man among believers of the early Church.
Both of these men encountered Jesus, and their transformation was nothing less than jaw-dropping. After years of being tortured by demons and living among the tombs as an outcast, Legion was then seen clothed and in his right mind. Paul became one of the most powerful and influential preachers and teachers of the entire Church age, writing many letters included in God’s Word. How was this change possible? They met Jesus!
The gospel is a powerful message—it brings to life what was once dead. The Bible says that in our natural state we are dead in our sins; we do not have spiritual life and are on a pathway that leads to hell. But when the gospel message gets ahold of us and we accept it as truth, all of that changes for us. We are, in a moment, given new life in Christ. Our pathway is forever altered—we are now bound for heaven and nothing can ever change that. Our sins are wiped clean, and we are welcomed into the family of God and given the Holy Spirit. As believers, we are given a promise that we will reign with the Lord through all of eternity. How is this not the most powerful message ever?
How has the gospel changed you? If you’re a Christian, transformation should be taking place in you, and others should recognize you as a Christ follower. Too often, though, we don’t allow the gospel to transform us like it should. I know, for myself, that’s true. Yet even subtle changes should be evident in true believers. The Bible says that we are known as Christ followers by our fruit (what we do and say). If we are living a sinful lifestyle, we should be convicted of it and have a desire for change. The gospel is so powerful that it demands change in us.
As Christians, we have a wonderful message the world needs to hear, but we must be bold enough to share it. We cannot change people, even though we often try. We cannot save people, even though we wish we could. But we can faithfully share a message that has the power to change and save people. This is what we are called to do, and it is a huge part of our purpose as Christ followers.
Being obedient to this calling of sharing the gospel message makes a life-altering impact on those who hear it. Either they will accept it as truth and join us in the family of God, or they will reject it. And because you were faithful in sharing it with them, they will be held accountable before God. Our faithfulness in sharing it pleases our heavenly Father and His message alone has the power to change lives. May we be an active part of the Great Commission to go into all the world and preach the good news of the gospel, and may we see the power of that message change lives in the same way it has changed ours.