I have often wondered what is the gospel? And what is that message in action? What is “shodding my feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” supposed to look like? If I don’t know the answer to this question, how am I supposed to teach my children what it means?! So I prayed for wisdom.
And as always the Lord faithfully has been giving me that wisdom (James 1:5) as long as I have trusted, not wavered, and had ears to hear and a heart to understand. This is the wisdom I believe I received from the Lord:
First, A Revelation of the Gospel
According to the dictionary, the gospel is:
- the teaching or revelation of Christ (the word Christ mean Messiah – the anointed one; the anointing)
- a thing that is absolutely true
- a set of principles and beliefs
- the record of Jesus life and teaching in the first four books of the New Testament
But the gospel is so much more. As a believer in Jesus (Rom 1:16) the gospel is the power of God. And Jesus himself, as He was ascending, commanded His disciples and all that would believe to go into all the world and tell the every creature the good news of this gospel.
So the Gospel is good news!
The Gospel that every word Jesus said is from the Father. Everything He did is for us and not against us. That He is the same always. He is the representation of the Father to this world. And so much more. The Gospel in Action is believing ALL that Jesus said and did and doing what He said we could do by His power. The Lord made it very clear that if we say we believe but do nothing, then we are not fully believing what He said in the Word.
We’re like a man observing himself in the mirror and walking away completely forgetting what we just saw – forgetting who we are (James 1:22-25). Do you know that you are to be like Jesus? Do you? The Word is consistently constant. Not one writing of the apostles contradicts what I just shared. We are to be like Him. That is what disciples did and do. The Gospel isn’t just hearing that Jesus died for me and believing this, so now I am saved. No friends. It is so much more. It’s all the healings, all the deliverance, all the power of God to us for our good in this life and in the world to come. And us living it out.
God in His great love has delivered us into the Kingdom of light here on this earth even now. What power we have here and now! Not just in eternity but now! That is the Gospel. It is the “zoe” life. The God kind of life in us now. The power (grace) to walk in victory. To take our flesh and put it in subjection to our spirit and to walk as we have light, the way Jesus walked. God, our Father, has given us the command, the ability, the power, the understanding and His Spirit to do what He has called us to do. As we take steps in faith trusting Him, He just keeps giving us more ability and more power to follow and do! Praise God!
However, it’s one thing to hear about the gospel but what is a tangible example of the Gospel in Action?
The Gospel In Action At Home
Since we spend most of our time with our families, then I suggest we start at home – even if you work and your children attend school. The home is the most attacked place and most difficult to walk the gospel out, because we see everything about each other. It’s where we let the flesh hang out the most. But it must not be so.
The word never said, walk in the spirit only out of the house – No! Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16 emphasis mine) That’s power!
The gospel in action is the love acts we show toward one another. It is Jesus to the family. It is the washing of the feet and serving, not out of compulsion, but from love. It is holding our tongue and believing that the real love will serve the family far greater than a lashing out of the flesh. It is letting Jesus live through us joyfully and in tangible ways – folding socks with joy or cleaning the toilets with the right heart.
Wife and mother, living the truth that Jesus is alive and real; that His Spirit is in you – living and filling you – this is the message we need to bring to our men and our children. To let your children make that mess because it can be cleaned. To make your husband his favorite cookies when you had other plans, or you wanted a healthier option, because he is blessed by them.
These are not trite examples they are real and they are love. They shine Jesus. And it gets even better as they see you pray and worship wholeheartedly, walk in kindness and read the Bible – that you turn to Jesus first. Let’s be the first to walk the gospel out in the home and see our seeds bring forth great fruit as we pull the weeds of the world. Our words will only hold so much weight with our children if they don’t have corresponding action. Be a doer of the word, that will be your greatest teaching tool.
The Gospel In Action In the World (with Our Family)
I state with our family, because reality is that we will often be with someone else while out in this world. It could be friends, but I am a homeschool mom and many of you are as well, which means our children are attending us at the grocery store, the library, as we pay bills and or their activities.
How can you share the truth with the world while your family is with you?
First, take the time to be filled with the Word before you go out. You can simply read a scripture and let it fill your thoughts and pull your emotions into submission the Word. However, be praying and be ready to share as the Lord leads. We have the Holy Spirit as our guide. He will show us who we might need to reach out to, but He will never make us share the truth with anyone, we must be ready, willing and listening.
The gospel in action to the world is simply being real in love towards all men, women and children: smiling, looking them in the eye, giving way to them, being truly kind, etc., paying for their groceries (as led of course), telling them God loves them, praying for them (out loud), helping them and loving your family well in front of them and at home as an example.
However, this last one is maybe the toughest! Handling your children’s tantrums in a pleasant manner when you are at the store and tired can be difficult. But the Lord has given you His Spirit and in our weakness He is strong. Access the power to overcome your flesh and be patient with your children. This alone speaks volumes to the world and gives them hope. I have seen it time and time again.
Being available to be led by God is key. Give yourself time. If the Lord has you at the store for no other reason than to be there for someone who needs an encounter with Him that day, then all the trials to get there and even possibly being late to the next stop is far worth it.
What does the Gospel in Action mean to you?
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Amanda is married to her best friend. The Lord has blessed them with four children and a dog. They are native to the Rocky Mountains where they raise their family in the Grand Valley. She spends her days loving and serving her husband working to honor him, teaching her children to love and serve the Lord, as she seeks Him first for herself. She is currently enrolled in a course for evidence based herbalism to be a Master Herbalist. She blogs at CountingAllJoy.com where she shares life and other joys with her readers. You may follow her on Facebook or Pinterest.