What would it look like for the gospel to be unleashed in your life? Over Disciple Now Weekend, our students learned how to let God’s word change their lives. By following Paul’s example in 2 Timothy 4, they have given their lives to Jesus and recommitted to “fighting the good fight, finishing the course, and keeping the faith.” Kelly, Drake, and I had a great time hosting the 9th and 10th grade girls. Todd Smith and his team offered a fantastic weekend of discipleship.
There’s no greater example of this unleased lifestyle than the book of Acts. The last word of the book is “unhindered,” literally “unhinderdly.” We don’t even have an English word to describe its power. The gospel goes wherever it wants to, breaking down walls, penetrating hearts, reuniting broken people, and saving the lost. It’s a powerful force in our world. We are invited to go wherever the good news takes us.
Throughout the first week of Lent, I invite you to share this gospel with yourself each morning and evening:
Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:29-31)
This week, look around for unexpected interruptions of the gospel in your life. Look for good news in unexpected places, and take note of these stories. This season, all of us are eyewitnesses to Jesus’ work. Be prepared to follow Him all the way.
Beginning Sunday, we’ll meet the first of four eyewitnesses to Jesus’ work. Her testimony is still being told around the world. When she met Jesus, she never said a word. Her actions, however, turned the gospel loose on a banquet full of people wanting to be seen with Jesus. You don’t need the gift of gab to follow the good news. But you will want to pay attention to Jesus this week.