There is one message that is going to bring real change to our broken community and this message has to start with you. The message is the Gospel. What is the Gospel? The Gospel is the good news that Jesus became flesh, fulfilled the law, died on the cross for us, and was raised to assure us that those who repent and believe in him have freedom from sin and eternal life. Do you believe this message? Have you experienced this message? When I say “experienced”, I don’t mean have you said some prayer and asked Jesus for forgiveness. What I mean is have you recognized you utter sinfulness to the point where you realize the only place you can go is to Jesus and when you get to him, you lay your entire life down before his feet and cry out “it is all yours Jesus!” This is what I mean by have you experienced the gospel. If you have not experienced it, then you don’t understand it and you need to run you God’s word and cry out to him that he would open your eyes and help you see his beauty and your need for him (Start with Romans 3:21-31).
The gospel is the power of God that will change our community and it has to start with you. You may be thinking, “why does this guy have so much confidence in this story about a man who lived over 2,000 years ago?” My answer to you: It’s what the bible says, Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” Paul here says that this gospel, this good news, leads to salvation and is the power of God. We can’t save people, we don’t have the power to. We can only present the gospel to those in bondage to sin around us and pray that they believe, because if they do, they will be free from sin.
As you go about your day, think about the people in need in our community. Think about those who are entrapped in sin blind to the reality of eternity (It may be you). Think about those who are trusting in their good works to save them yet inevitably, have no freedom from sin because they have not turned to Jesus (it may be you). You have the answer that they need. The gospel that you have is the only hope they or you have of a better day and an eternity with Jesus. Freedom from sin in our community is not going to come merely through hard work and determination. It is only going to come when the gospel of Jesus Christ becomes our focus, our song, and our message.