Weekly Newsletter: When the Gospel Finally Becomes Good News

by | Aug 30, 2022 | Articles, Resources

Getting older has its benefits. The hairline might be a bit thinner and the body may recover a little slower, but life experience has a way of paying some worthwhile dividends. You know stuff, not because you’re more intelligent, but because you’ve just seen it before.

At age 45, there isn’t a defensive scheme Tom Brady hasn’t dissected a million times. Most of the guys lining up across from him are literally young enough to be his children, but old man Tom continues to carve up secondaries because he’s just played long enough to understand what works on the football field and what does not. (I can’t believe I just used a Tom Brady story as a positive analogy, please forgive me).

The same is true for me when it comes to the redemptive and ressurecting work of the Gospel. Walk with Jesus long enough and you learn a lot of things (sometimes the hard way).

I came to faith as a child. I don’t remember a day without Jesus in my life. But there is something about even youthful spiritual energy that leaves us feeling like the Christian life is built on a whole lot of our own moral muscle. Sure, Jesus got me in the door, but my exceptional righteous abilities were going to keep me there and eventually get me promoted.

I would never had said it that way, but moralism really is the default setting of the human heart. We want to be the heroes of our own story. And oftentimes, even after we come to faith, we continue that same quest with a new Christian vernacular.

But life has a way of sapping the moralism right out of you. It’s exhausting, it’s anxiety-ridden, and it’s ultimately fruitless. When you finally get to the end of yourself, the finished work of Jesus actually becomes good news.

The gospel truly came alive to me when I had finally lived long enough to realize how incapable I am of fixing what’s actually wrong with me.

There is a savior and it is not me.

So don’t spend today trying to earn something that already belongs to you. When your life is in Christ, all the earning is done with. Your identity is settled. Spend today worshipping God, loving your neighbor, and pointing people to Jesus.

It is finished.

Jesus is faithful.

His grace is enough.

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Erik Cooper

After starting his career in the business world, Erik spent 12 years in full-time ministry, both on staff at a large suburban church and as a church planter in a downtown urban context. In addition to his role at The Stone Table, he also serves as the Vice President of Community Reinvestment Foundation, a nonprofit real estate company that provides high-quality affordable housing all over Indiana while investing its profits into missions through The Stone Table.

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