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I recently paid a visit to the doctor for something minor and a general checkup. When I mentioned that I had been experiencing some discomfort in my chest, before I knew it, I found myself laying flat on a bed, plugged into a heart monitor, while a nurse and the doctor were earnestly taking readings of my heart. Within a few minutes, they were able to tell me that everything seemed to be okay but to be safe, I needed to go see a specialist- just to be sure. After two follow-up appointments, with a cardiologist and the GP, it is safe to say that I am not in any apparent danger but I do need to make some adjustments to my lifestyle, diet, and fitness and maybe even my mental health.

It is comforting to know that when we experience physical or mental issues, we can rely- to some degree, depending on where we live- on the knowledge and practice of people around us to see that we are cared for to the extent and ability of their profession.

Don’t you think that should be the same for you as a Christian? Isn’t that the offer of the Gospel? Because what is the Gospel?

 It’s difficult to give an exact number, but there are likely millions of articles written on the gospel and what it offers to humanity.

The Gospel, which literally means “good news,” refers to the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. It is the central theme of Christianity and encompasses the teachings of our Saviour- his life, death, and resurrection. According to the Gospel, humanity is separated from God because of sin, and the only way to be reconciled with God is through faith in Jesus.

The gospel teaches that God, in His love for you & me, sent Jesus to live a perfect life and to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus conquered sin and death and provided a way for us to be saved and to have eternal life with God.

To become a Christian is to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and to accept His free gift of salvation. According to the Bible, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23). However, God in His love for humanity, provided a way for us to be saved and to have eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16). To become a Christian, one must confess their sins to God, repent and turn away from them, and put their faith in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour (Acts 2:38, Romans 10:9). This involves acknowledging that Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins and rose again from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

In short, becoming a Christian is the simplest yet most vital act a person can ever do. 

Becoming a Christian is the simplest yet the most vital act a person can ever do- period. 

And once that shift has taken place and the person surrenders their life, then the door opens to what the Gospel has to offer.

The offer is a transformed life, a restored relationship with God, and the hope of eternal life in heaven. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we may believe that our sins are forgiven, and we are made new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are given the gift of the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to live a life that honours God and helps us to grow in our faith, walk, and calling.

Now, of course, we have access to the Bible, which provides guidance, wisdom, and encouragement for living a life that is pleasing to God. But we also have the gift of intimacy with God, we call it prayer.  Prayer allows us to communicate with God and receive His guidance and comfort.

Ultimately, the offer for those who follow Christ is the opportunity to live a life full of purpose, meaning, and joy as we seek to discover God’s plan for our lives. However, these aspects of life are only possible if we also engage with God and seek to heal the wounds and broken places deep within us that rear their ugly heads when we feel offended, hurt, abandoned, or alone. These wounds can come from painful childhood memories, relationships that ended poorly, divorce after years of battling, grief, and loss. Many of us still struggle with our identity and have an incomplete idea of who we are, resulting in low self-worth, self-esteem, and a distorted self-concept. We hide behind our achievements, partners, children, money, and even religion to mask our brokenness and feel accepted. 

We become the nice person because deep down we want to belong. We become the funny guy because we crave affirmation. We become completely passive because we don’t want to offend and we become hostile and disagreeable because we have given up on life and ultimately on hope for a better future.

We hide behind our achievements, partners, children, money, and even religion to mask our brokenness and feel accepted.

One big misconception in Christianity is to believe that becoming a Christian automatically results in a restored heart and a restored life. If this were true, then the world would be a much better place. We wouldn’t struggle with ourselves, with others, with life. We have truly missed the offer of the Gospel if we believe that. 

The condition for all of the gifts of the Gospel is intimacy with God. Beyond this life, we have the hope of spending eternity with God in heaven, but until then, we have a purpose, and God has a plan for us. Restoration is a big part of that plan (Luke 4, 18:19, Romans 8:28, Isaiah 61:1, Proverbs 3:5-6, Jeremiah 29:11, and John 10).  

In order to truly love someone, you have to know them intimately. You must spend time with them, talk to them, and understand their hopes, dreams, and desires. It’s the same with God. To have intimacy with God, you must spend time with Him, talk to Him, pray, and read His Word.

Intimacy with God is not a one-way street either. Love cannot exist in isolation. As you grow in your relationship with Him, you will find that God draws near to you. You will experience His presence, His love, His joy, and His healing in your life. You will experience God as a father and His grace in ways that you never thought possible. This is the true offer of the Gospel, intimacy with God (John 14:6).

He knows your struggles, your fears, and your hopes, and He desires to be a part of every aspect of your life. Don’t take my word for it- ask Him- He will reply, of that I am sure.

In love,

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