The Relevancy of the Gospel [Devotional]

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Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.

If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:1-6 NLT).

Have you ever wanted someone to become a Christian so desperately that you “tweaked” the Scriptures (just a little of course!)? You know, perhaps softened aspects that the modern world finds unpalatable.

Well-meaning Christians sometimes do this unwittingly. For example, they may share their testimony of how life was before becoming a Christian and how it was afterwards. Let me first say that your life SHOULD be different after you become a Christian. You should have more peace, more joy, and more purpose. All of your annoying little habits and shortcomings should little by little be slipping away, as you strive to be more like Christ.

But we all know that bad things still happen to Christians and that life as a believer has both dark and "sunshiny" days. And yet there may be a temptation, when sharing the gospel with unbelievers, to act as if once you became a Christian, all your troubles slipped away.

Or you may desire to be “relevant” and because of that, be tempted to shift your beliefs to what is popular, rather than what the Bible states as truth.

Churches have also fallen prey to this temptation, by implementing what many call “seeker friendly” church services.

Now I’m all for Christians (including churches) being relevant, but relevancy should never trump Scripture. Some churches that self-identify as seeker friendly indeed embrace and teach the Bible without compromise, while others slip into muddy theological waters.

The key is to speak the truth in love, and then trust the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of people who don’t know him. Live out your Christian life in excellence. Be kind. Be loving. Share the truth. Then trust God to work as He wills.

Never forget that we can never change hearts and lives. Only God can. And He doesn’t need us to make Him relevant for it to happen.

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Praying the Word

Lord, I ask You to forgive me for watering down the truth of Scriptures in an attempt to draw people to You. Help me to stand on the truth of the Bible without compromise, and trust You to work in the hearts and lives of those around me.

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Applying the Word

Take one hot topic in today’s culture and compare your thinking on it with what the Bible actually says about it. This could take some time, so don’t feel like you need to do it all at once. You can engage in intense study, or you can just begin to open your eyes and ears to the truth as revealed in the Scriptures on the topic. Ask God to help your beliefs line up with His Word.

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