“Remove Christ from the Scriptures and there is nothing left”, states Martin Luther. That is so true. Without Christ there would not be a way back to God. Without Christ there would not be life and more life to come. Without Christ we would be lost. That’s why I agree wholeheartedly with Paul writing:
For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. (Galatians 6:14, MSG)
What a wonderful gift of grace we have in Jesus. We just need to make sure we don’t take the gift granted. God is calling us into action. “We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in His Word, He intended to be conspicuous in our lives.”(Charles Spurgeon) Our faith is supposed to be central in our lives. God calls us, equips us and sends us out into the world to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Rick Warren tweeted some time ago “Some dear friends think the GOSPEL can only be accepted. But Jesus & Paul modeled how to live it, serve it & share it daily.” We are all called to put our faith in practice, live it out every single day of our lives. So let’s not just accept the gospel for ourselves but live it, serve it and share it daily!
Strengthen us to be bold in Christ.
Teach us to boast only about the cross!
Equip us to love and serve you.
Guide us to put our faith in practice.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How are you putting your faith in practice?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim! Be bold and live out your faith!
Photo courtesy of Charl Christiani. Some parts of this post have previously been published 9-2010.