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Can you even comprehend?

Ephesians 3:17-18 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

What gives us the ability to really connect with God in a deep way? No matter how hard we try to build a tower up to heaven or how many good deeds we try to accomplish, we’ll never get close to Him on our own. It’s only through the work of Christ that we get reconciliation and relationship.

But you know that; don’t you?  You know that only through faith in Jesus Christ can you have fellowship with God. You know that your own good works don’t get you any position with the Father, but only through the completed work of the Son do you have any standing.

You know that, but do you really understand just how broad, how long, how high, and how deep God’s love is for you? Can you even begin to comprehend just how vast that love is? The only way we can even begin to understand is to have Christ dwelling in us. That’s the key to unlock spiritual understanding. But to imagine how far the Father’s love stretches…that will take until we’re with Him, beyond this life, to even grasp it.

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On mission

Romans 10:17  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Where should I go on mission?  Your first mission field is at home.  If you’re a parent, then your primary assignment on mission is to reach your family and make them disciples.  This is an ongoing task that never ends and your job is never done.  If you don’t have family at home, you still have a mission right around you.  Can you think of some neighbors you could help out and show the love of Christ?

All around you are opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Faith begins with hearing, so tell everyone you can.  Tell the cashier at the checkout line, tell the taxi driver.  Tell your teacher or your partner.  Share the story of what God’s done in your life and let it be known that you are His.

Tell His story through words and through actions by the way you live your life.  Share with those who will hear and always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in you because of Christ Jesus.  Tell people the Gospel, but do it with gentleness and respect, never with arrogance or judgement.  Love God enough to tell everyone about Him.

The power of the gospel

Witness

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,t as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

How can I lead someone to Christ through my witness?  It’s intimidating to think about someone’s salvation hinging on whether or not they submit to Christ based on our testimony about Him.  But when we focus on our part of it, we lose sight of the fact that it’s not up to us to convert souls.  Our job is to witness for Christ, it’s the work of the Holy Spirit to get people to respond.  We’re not ultimately responsible for the decision made.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power for salvation.  It’s not  in what we say, it’s in the power God has given through the work of Jesus on the cross that people are saved.  Sometimes even if we mess up the message completely, a person will still respond to the gospel.  It’s that powerful.

But we’re not off the hook in the work that needs to be done.  Yes, salvation is found in the gospel and a person’s response to it, but they won’t hear the truth if we don’t present it.  They can’t respond to the Good News if it isn’t delivered.  Our lives are lived as a witness and our testimony is given so that people may know the gospel and all it means for their lives.  The gospel is the power, but we’re the conduit by which that power gets plugged into souls.