5 July 2016
‘Confidence without arrogance, humility without self-pity, power without swagger – only the gospel steadies us.’ – Jared C. Wilson
The gospel. The good news of who Jesus is, what He has done and who we are in light of that truth is the most important thing you will hear today… and the day after that... and the day after that. The gospel is the most important thing for you to anchor your life, preach to your heart, hold in your soul, and capture your mind. And it will always be the most important reality to declare in our songs each and every Sunday.
Before time began the God who spoke order into the chaos, spun the universe together with a plan for our rescue. A rescue already set in motion within the heart of God long before we embraced the sin we invited in, destroying the perfect relationship, union and communion we once enjoyed with our true Father. But God made Him who knew no sin to be sin so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. There was no sin to be found in our Rescuer. No false motive, no evil desire, no hateful action, no prideful lust, no corruption, no deceit, nothing impure or unholy – yet He became all of those things for us. Our Rescuer cut off from the land of the living, crushed by the will of His Father, forsaken, despised and rejected – carrying death into the grave… and that is where death stayed, because He defeated death by His own death. He has been raised up, seated at the right hand of God where He makes intercession on our behalf! He has ushered in a new relationship with the Father through His blood, He has called us brothers, and He is returning again and will wipe away every tear from our eyes, will set all things twisted, corrupted, and tainted by sin right – once and for all. And the perfect relationship, union and communion we destroyed in the garden will be restored - forever.
As servant leaders exercising gifts in a public capacity, we are not looking to balance humility and talent – but an all out sprint towards, clinging to, rehearsing of, declaring and displaying the gospel in all of our life on and off ‘the platform.’ Rehearse the gospel, fellow servant leaders. It drives and steadies us.
[References: Genesis 1:1, Ephesians 1:4, Romans 5:12, Ephesians 2:4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:22, Isaiah 53, Romans 6:8-10, Colossians 2:15, Acts 2:24, Mark 16:19, Hebrews 7:25, Galatians 4:5-6, John 14:3, Revelation 21]