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Learning the Gospel is a daily experience

It’s the end of another week. As I look back over this past week, there are a number of questions I can use to evaluate or assess the fruitfulness of my week.daily-learning

One that doesn’t often come to mind, but should, is: how did the Gospel become more precious to me this week?  To put it another way, how did the Gospel help me see more of the depth of my sin and cause me to hold on more strongly to the honour and blessing God bestows on me as His child?

When you or I are in one of our ‘snits’ – simply defined as: “a fit of irritation; a sulk” – the last thing we are probably thinking about is unfathomable love of Christ for us.  What we are thinking about is how angry, frustrated or irritated we are with a teammate, an event or the seemingly bad things coming our way.

Yet, those very moments are the moments when God is most at work to show us our sin and push us back to Him where we would find all that we need.  Much of our work as cross cultural workers happens at a level which is invisible to the eye.  God is concerned above all with our heart, and our ‘stance’, probably more than He is with ‘our ministry’ (just read the book of Jonah again).

We talk a lot about the Gospel in World Team.  However, ‘talk’ is by no means the same thing as experience; nor the same thing as struggling with God to open our hearts to His Spirit’s searching work.

It is just hard sometimes to ‘believe’ that God truly loves us (1 John 3:1).  The truth is that He does, and we need the Spirit to drive that home to our hearts through experience, through His Word, through prayer, and through friends.

This was only one of many weeks to learn again of the unfathomable riches of Christ poured out to us even when we were in a snit.  I wonder how the Gospel will become more precious to me again next week?

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