Today’s blog, written by Pastor Sam Lee of Catalyst Agape Church in New Jersey, was first posted on December 7, 2013.
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“The Real Power of the Gospel”
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Paul was in the loneliest situation one can imagine. He was all alone, in prison, facing death, chained, no material comfort, hungry, far from home, no money, no electricity, no heating, and on top of that he was called to singleness. In situations when all would be overcome by loneliness, anger, condemnation, and depression, Paul overcomes. Paul understood that all dysfunction and hopelessness is the effect of sin. Paul was able to be joyful in all situations because of the gospel. Paul believed there was no barrier to the gospel no matter how hopeless the situation.
I want to encourage you that the gospel is not just four laws to memorize but it is real and active in us because of Christ “I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Sin has brought every problem known to us. But, amid many problems we face, I want to encourage you to focus on what Christ has done for us. In the most hopeless situation, there is hope in Christ Jesus.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for Your love, sacrifice, and death on the cross for us. That alone is enough for me to be forever grateful to you. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Revelation 11-12