2023 – Proclaim the Gospel/Live the Gospel

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.”–Titus 2:11-15 NKJ

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is more than historical facts to be believed; it is also a life to be lived – a life of righteousness befitting a person, who by grace alone through faith alone is “justified freely by [God’s] grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24), washed and regenerated by the Holy Spirit (made alive from being dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1-5; Titus 3:5) and made an heir “according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7; John 1:13; Romans 8:16-17, 23-24; Titus 2:11-15).

Therefore, by faith live your life, both in your words and in your deeds, as a testimony of that great and mighty work of grace in you – This is your primary mission and purpose in this life, as you seek to glorify God in all you do; whether in your place of employment, a service rendered or goods offered – do all things as though you are doing them for the Lord in thankfulness to Him and from a love for Him; a covenantal love that remains steadfast in adversity and grows stronger in weakness, resting in His love, in His strength and not in our own strength and resolve.

Don’t let the troubles of this world distract you from your primary mission and purpose in this life, as commanded by God to all who have been washed and justified by the blood of Christ, born again by the Holy Spirit and set apart from the world, “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” – to the glory of God alone!

A Prayer:

“Use me, O Lord, today, this year and the years to come to do the impossible that as your servant that your name may be lifted up even amongst those who hate you and seek to silence your gospel message – Make me strong in you that I may labor in your strength and glorify your Holy Name – Use me, O Lord, though I am weak! Use me, O Lord, though I am an unworthy servant! Use me, O Lord, despite me! Use me, O Lord, to do the impossible in your steadfast, unearned and unconditional love to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ; your power to salvation to all who are appointed to eternal life, who believe in the name that is above all other names, Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords! Amen!”

Soli Deo Gloria!

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