Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness… (Titus 1:1)
The gospel shapes our lives – it’s about understanding, which transforms hearts, and that leads to transformed lives.
The Bible is not about me, it’s about God, his character and purpose. In the story of Moses and the burning bush, when Moses protested that he was inadequate for the task, God answered his protestations with ‘I am’.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. (Titus 2:11-15)
The gospel teaches us to live godly lives. The gospel is to be preached to believers so we can learn. What does gospel-shaped living look like?
Above all, hope of eternal life. We are joint heirs with Christ. There are towns and villages teaming with people who think they have everything but are still unsatisfied. Whatever our circumstances, we have hope.
Take careful thought, treasure the gospel. Only the gospel can change our lives.
[adapted from a talk at Libanus Ladies Conference, June 2016]
Ann Marie Thomas is the author of three medieval history books, a surprisingly cheerful poetry collection about her 2010 stroke, and the science fiction series Flight of the Kestrel. Book one, Intruders, is out now. Find out more on www.annmariethomas.me.uk