Hello Worth More girls;
I am Laura Schulte! For my first post, I wanted to go back to the basics and share with you all something that sits upon my heart. Each day, I preach the Gospel to myself and I want to share with you all why. So, let’s start with a little preface. The message of the Gospel is one that you’ve most likely heard before a multitude of times. But I pray that this blog post does not fall upon clogged ears or rolled eyes. Instead, I challenge you to truly ponder the events of the Gospel—soak up their meaning once more and re-explore their depth. The Gospel is powerful. And while it may have been shared a million times before, each time it’s told, the same power is carried with it.
As the Bible illustrates in Genesis, there was great sin that entered the world. Throughout the Old Testament, people lived under a strict law of rules and sacrifices. People would sacrifice animals to God to atone for their sins. In the New Testament, the story of the Jesus comes into play. God sends His only Son as a sacrifice to fulfill all sacrifices and the Mosaic Law. As John 3:16 states, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (NLT). This first part of this verse starts off by revealing God’s motive for sending His Son, Jesus Christ—His love. God’s love for us, His creation, is perfect and unfailing. His love is so great that it compelled Him to give over His perfect Son, so we may find freedom and forgiveness in Him.
The second piece of this verse illustrates the action God took—He sent His only Son to earth. While Jesus was on earth, He did not sin once. Yet, He was crucified on the cross as if He did. While on that cross, Jesus took on all of the sins of the world. God poured out all of His wrath and judgement on to His Son, whilst on the cross. Therefore, when we believe in Jesus’ son, as the third section of the verse states, we can find perfection and forgiveness and freedom in Christ.
As Romans 10:9-10 states, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved” (NLT). Today, all we need to do is believe in Christ and His actions to be saved from death and judgement. Three days after His crucifixion, Jesus rose from the grave. This miracle defeated death for believers once and for all. Jesus is alive today; and through believing in Him, we can be alive in Christ!
Simply, that is the message of the Gospel: Christ’s life, crucifixion, and resurrection. God’s love is evident throughout the entire Gospel. The God that created you, and created the entire earth, and all that’s in it, cared enough about you to sacrifice His Son. I find that fact to be beautiful and incredible. Romans 5:8 further emphasizes this point, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (NLT). The beginning of this verse again states God’s love as a motive for His actions. His love for us is always present. The second part of the verse states God’s actions—sending Christ. I cannot find enough words to express how incredible this gift is. Through Christ we are given the gift of life itself and along with it we can dwell in the presence, peace, love, and joy of the Lord. The last part of this verse is the cherry on top; it states, “[…] while we were still sinners”. While the first part of the verse shows the eternal presence of God’s love, the third part describes the unconditional part of God’s love. We have not done anything to earn His love, yet His love for us is great! I see this as a relief, as a comfort, as a sign of God’s grace and mercy. God knows we are sinner and flawed, but still thought that we were worth dying for. Even more so, He thought that we were worth living for—a life we could live eternally alongside Him.
I pray that none of us become comfortable or complacent when hearing the Gospel. The facts of the Gospel, the Good News, are soaked with God’s great love for His creation. This message is the most precious and greatest gift humans can ever have. I remind myself of this message everyday with two main goals in mind. First, I want to fix my eyes on Christ. I remind myself of why I am living and who gave me life—Christ. This way, I understand that He is my source of strength, allowing myself to be dependent on Him. Second, I find this powerful message provides perspective on life. I remind myself of the essential and pertinent nature of the Gospel, praying that it will give me the boldness I need to share it.
God loves you, Worth More Girls! Bask in His Presence and share His Love!
Written by: Laura