• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

The Gospel digs deeper

Last week, we had a flood in our basement. It came from the aeration ducts on our patio.  Each duct has a pretty deep hole, but when there is more water than space in the hole it overflows through a vent into our basement.

That’s not a bad image for the Gospel being ‘poured out into our hearts’.  It fills the spaces in our hearts so much that it overflows and has to go somewhere.

However, ‘the Gospel’ can easily become a cliché in WT speak and lose its ‘capacity’ to disturb our regular habits or practices.  If it starts to dig deeper though; if we make way for it to overflow into and search our hearts to see what hurtful ways there might be (Psalm 139), we would be ‘flooded’ in good and godly ways, causing us to change displeasing ways.

Here’s one place that the Gospel should ‘flood’ and change.  It’s in our conversations about one another, sharing their “stories”. Sometimes the sentence starts out innocently, but ends with: “I can’t understand why they …” I’m sure most of us could fill in the rest of that sentence as someone immediately comes to mind.

Maybe we should call this for what it really is: gossip. women-gossiping

I’m sometimes amazed when I hear from someone a distorted version of something I shared in confidence with another and that has now been passed down through several parties.  I’m even more amazed that no one along the path questioned the further sharing of that story or thought to go back to the original source of the story to verify its authenticity.  I’m surprised when I hear someone sharing details about another person’s struggle in the form of a prayer request.

Obviously, I’m just scratching the surface of this whole issue.  However, the Gospel should ‘flood’ gossip out of our lives.  How that works, is another story.

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