The gospel is not only the most important message in all of history; it is the only essential message in all of history. Yet we allow thousands of professing Christians to live their entire lives without clearly understanding it and experiencing the joy of living by it… Every day of our Christian experience should be a day of relating to God on the basis of His grace alone. We are not only saved by grace, but we also live by grace every day.
In the mind of Jesus acts of service were not inconsistent with greatness but rather an integral part of it.
Jesus’ concept of greatness-and obviously is the correct one-is so contrary to the wolldis sense of values that even we Christians Cave difficulty grasping it. Even the disciples vied among themselves for rank and position rather than for the privilege of serving one another.
By serving, I simply mean doing Helpful deeds for one another.
Paula shipwrecked on the island of Malta, gathered a pile of brushwood to put on the fire bails for his fellow passengers -these acts was incredibly simple and mundane in and of itself. But this is what servanthood within the fellowship of believers is all about: being alert to the little things that need to be done and then doing them.
The Gospel is not only the most important message in all of history; it is the only essential message of history. Yet we allow thousands of professing Christians to live their entire lives without clearly understanding it and experiencing the joy of living by it.
When we pray to God for His blessing, He does not examine our performance to see if we are worthy. Rather, He looks to see if we are trusting in the merit of His Son as our only hope for securing His blessing