Tried & True

by:  Emma Spry, 2015 Summer Camp Staff

We live in new and exciting times.

We can order clothes or books online and have them delivered to our doors. We can place a filter on any picture and make it look straight out of a photoshoot. We can see and talk to friends thousands of miles away through our computer screens.

It’s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest technologies, but what happens when we approach the Gospel in the same way we think about the newest iPhone upgrade?

In an ever-changing world, we must remember that the Gospel is not a trend, it’s a constant truth.

How often are we, in our best and purest efforts, discouraged when someone close to us just doesn’t “get it”?

As if the Gospel is a new magazine with the intent to grab the attention of the next person in line at the grocery store, it is easy to twist words or try to “spice up” the bible to share what we think might be intriguing or entertaining. While new technologies are about meeting evolving consumer trends, the Gospel simply is not.

This is where our humble desires become overshadowed by our personal pride. We are not to make Jesus into the image of the unbeliever.  We must remember and believe that the Gospel is beautiful and compelling enough to stand on its own.

God does not need us to spread or manipulate His message, yet He graciously works through us in all things. Jesus reminds us of this in John 10:27, “My Sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Take heart, while He may not need you, He still wants you.

As one of the most encouraging truths in the bible, I’m reminded it’s not about me. This also means it’s not about my mistakes. God uses us to spread the Gospel despite our past, present, and even future mistakes. While the Gospel is not about us, it is all about His glory.

“Because a God who is ultimately most focused on his own glory will be about the business of restoring us, who are all broken images of him. His glory demands it. So we should be thankful for a self-sufficient God whose self-regard is glorious,” (Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel).

Why would a truth that loves broken people so deeply, and yet still restores and redeems, need an upgrade?

Instead of searching for something better, be encouraged by the words of truth in Psalm 46:10, “He says, ‘be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 

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About the Author:  Emma Spry is a junior and Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She has served on Crossroads summer staff with CKM for the past two summers. She loves breakfast foods, going to concerts and laughing at her own jokes. You can keep up with her on social media at @emmalills or follow her personal blog: www.hashtaghumbled.wordpress.com.