Out of Hiding

Gospel Fluency.  The first time I heard that term (and a few times afterwards if I’m honest with you), I was really confused. What the heck is gospel fluency? Well, if we break down the term into its separate parts, we can get a pretty accurate picture of what the combined meaning is.  The Gospel is the Good News of Jesus Christ- that He came down from heaven, died for our sin, rose from the grave, ascended into heaven, and will one day return.  Fluency is the ability to communicate effortlessly.  Put those together and you get this definition for gospel fluency: being able to communicate the truths of Jesus into the everyday stuff of life.

This series, we will be focusing on understanding the truths of the gospel and how they apply to our life, as well as how to communicate this same idea through our words and actions.

What we first need to understand is that Jesus died for our sin, and through his sacrifice we are made completely clean.  However, another factor of His life that we cannot miss is that He lived for our righteousness.  He lived so that we are able to have a right relationship with our Father in Heaven.

In Romans 7:15-19, Paul explains that there is no good in our flesh, and that it causes this constant battle of doing what we do not want to do.  In light of the shooting in Las Vegas, the truth that we need to recognize is that the human heart is capable of unspeakable evil.  Under different life circumstances, that shooter could have easily been me.  We desperately need a savior because, “I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” Romans 7:18b.

If you’ve ever watched baseball, you may be familiar with a “pinch runner”.  When a batter is injured or cannot run for some reason, the pinch runner is their substitute.  This is a great picture of what Jesus did for us.  He does what we are unable to do.  He gives us righteousness when we are unable to achieve that on our own.

This is revolutionary.  If we genuinely believe that Jesus freely gives us His righteousness, that changes the way we are able to live.  There is so much freedom in that.  We no longer have to live in fear of sharing the Gospel.  No matter the outcome of our conversations, our identity does not change.  We are children of God.  Period.  We are able to live our lives with the full confidence and assurance that He loves us.

We don’t have to do anything to obtain His righteousness, either.  He freely gives it to us.  When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we step into a relationship that brings love, forgiveness, grace, mercy, and freedom.  In fact, He sees the mess we’re in.  He sees our sin, our struggles, our darkness, our mistakes, our shame.  When we see our sin, we feel like we need to make ourselves feel bad enough to stop.  We dig this pit of shame and let ourselves live there.  We convince ourselves that living in this pit will take care of our sins, but in reality, that will just give our sin more power.  If we realize the love He has for us and accept the forgiveness He freely gives, we don’t have to worry about our sin.  Jesus’ righteousness becomes our own, and He helps us clean ourselves up.  We do not have to do it on our own.

We are not sinners who believe in God, we are sons and daughters of the King who also happen to sin.  The difference between the two is so crucial.  In Special Education classes, they teach something called person first language.  Essentially, it is important to call someone by their identity, not their disability.  For example, a child with autism rather than an autistic child.  That child is not defined by autism, just like you are not defined by your sin.  You need to know this.

You are not defined by your sin.

You are a precious child of the Creator of the universe, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.  He made you with purpose and intent, and He is not scared of your sin, shame, or mess.  He saw it all before we even did it, and He still came! He still lived for our righteousness and died for our sins!

The longer we try to hide ourselves from Him, the longer we convince ourselves that we need to take care of our own sin.

The longer we try to hide ourselves from Him, the longer we think our sin is too big, or too much for Him.

The longer we try to hide ourselves from Him, the more power we are feeding into the very thing that separates us from Him.

Quit worshiping your sin, and start worshiping God. When He said, “it is finished” on the cross, He meant it.  It. Is. Finished.  End of story.  Your debt has been paid, and sin and death no longer have power over you.  He has overcome.  We are righteous in the Lord’s eyes because Jesus took it all.

So, I invite you to come out of hiding.  You are safe with Him.  He knows your past, and He still says come. Allow Him to speak His love over you.

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