As I was reading my devotional, Trust Without Borders, I was deeply struck by a phrase that it caused me to dig a little deeper into the thought.
Don’t you love it when God’s word jumps out at you like that and brings about more study? I know it doesn’t always happen that way, and I also know that sometimes a verse becomes clearer just for key moments in our lives.
But other times God tugs at our hearts to really reflect on a verse in His word.
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me –
the task of testifying to the GOSPEL of God’s GRACE.”
Did you catch that?
The gospel of God’s GRACE.
The upmost task given to Paul to testify about was God’s grace.
That word gospel means evangelism or the good news – referring to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and the implications that it brings for us to have relationship with God.
That is the good news. It’s all His grace. His sacrifice so that we might have life.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”
It made me wonder what kind of gospel am I testifying to with my life and my work.
Am I sharing grace, mercy, and goodness that comes from Christ?
Or am I preaching the gospel of judgment or any number of things that goes against the grain of grace?
In this same devotion the author tied it to Hebrews 12:15,
“See to it that no one misses the grace of God…”
God does not want anyone to miss the gospel of His grace.
None of us are worthy. None of us deserve it. We sure can’t work hard enough to earn it.
It is simply His grace.
In the Greek, that word grace means “charis” – the slate of favor and kindness toward someone – a gift, benefit, a credit.
God has been so kind to all of us. He sacrificed His one and only Son so that we might have life even when we die.
Because of His great mercy, I believe He has given us the same task that He gave Paul – to testify to others about the gospel of God’s grace – so that no one misses the grace of God.
I encourage to take some time to consider what kind of race you are running and what kind of gospel are you selling? Not because I am judging, but because it’s an area that God has put on my heart to to think about in my own life.
Are we selling worry, anxiety, resentment, anger, bitterness, hate, or unforgiveness?
Or are we selling grace – God’s grace – full of mercy, compassion and a love that never fails?
That is the grace the world needs.
His grace makes all the difference.
Let us determine to run the race before us and stick to the life-changing gospel of God’s grace.
(This post contains an affiliate link. Please read my disclosure policy here.)