August 19 | Gospel as Verb
Gospel as Verb
Much of my life, I have been told the story of the Gospel. And I have known it as the story of the “Good News” as I read about it in the scriptures. The good news of Jesus providing us with redemption, healing, shalom, restoration, and victory through his work on the cross.
Yet, all these are nouns – things – tangibles. What if we started to see the Gospel as a verb? As a work? As a transformation? This Good News is not just a story but a practice.
What if instead of only telling the story of the Gospel, we began to embody it? How do you gospel? What does it look like when you gospel?
“What you do in the present – by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself – will last into God’s future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether (as the hymn so mistakenly puts it, ‘Until that day we all the blest to endless rest are called away’). They are part of what we may call building for God’s kingdom” (N.T. Wright).
The church can gospel as we engage with those around us. How marvelous for us – the image of the Gospel is found in the person of Jesus Christ. God entered into the fullness of our humanity that we may be redeemed (Gospel), that we may know Him (Gospel) and that we might have an example to follow (Gospel). Jesus brought Good News to those He encountered, and He did the Good News in ways we can imitate.
We must be/come a fleshed-out reflection of the Gospel in our daily lives. Yet, we cannot effort enough – it is a gospel of grace. This is Good News for us because we can put down our sad attempts to do “all the things” on our own. Instead, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can, yes, tell the story of the Gospel. But more, we can embody it for the world to see.