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If you had asked me this question a few years ago, my answer would have been ‘No!’, but over the past couple of years I have come to realise just how much the Gospel impacts every single area of my life, including my role as a mum. ‘Really?’ you might be saying, Yes, really! Continue reading and all will be revealed but before I do, lets take a moment to talk about what the Gospel is.
So, what is the Gospel?
In a very, very, very, small nutshell, the Gospel, which means good news, is that Jesus Christ died for our sins and saved us from the wrath that is to come.
‘Jesus died for me? What sins? What wrath? Whose Wrath?’ These might be a few questions you’re asking yourself right now, and I will hopefully answer them for you. But before we can see the Gospel as good news, we must know the bad news first.
The Gospel runs though out the entire bible, from Genesis to Revelations but the book of Romans is a great place to go to for its entirety as Paul walks through Gods plan for salvation from beginning to end starting off with the bad news.
The bad news.
- The wrath of God is against us (Romans 1:18)
- We have all sinned against God (Romans 3:23)
- We will all die as the consequence of our sin (Romans 6:23)
We have all sinned against God, our Creator, Who made us for His Glory, with the consequence of our sin being death, eternity separated from Him, and His wrath abiding on us.
Now, before I go on to explain the good news, you may be wondering how this all includes you as you have not so much as hurt a fly in your life. Let me explain. We are all born in sin and iniquity (Psalms 51:5) and that sin, called Original Sin, came into the world through Adam (Romans 5:12) which we inherited due to him being our first parent, (Romans 5:18). So we are born with original sin and because we are sinners, we sin on top of our original sin. Sin comes naturally to us because it is in us. Think about it, have you ever had to teach a child to lie, be selfish or unkind to another child? Nope! They do it naturally. Why? Because they/we are born in sin. We have to teach our children to tell the truth, be kind, do good etc.
BUT (and it is a massive BUT) God being so rich in mercy doesn’t leave us in this tragic state.
The good news A.K.A The Gospel!
- While we were sinners, God showed His love for us by sending His Son, Jesus, to die for us (Romans 5:8)
- He has given us the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23)
What beautiful news this is! God Himself, whom we have sinned against, has given us a way out; the sacrificial life, death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. How awesome is that?!
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So how do we get to be included in this salvation?
- Confess with our mouth and believe in our heart in the work of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9)
- Call on the name of the Lord to be saved (Romans 10:13)
Faith in Christ
When we do the above the bible teaches us that we are:
- Justified and have peace with God through Christ (Romans 5:1)
- No longer condemned (Romans 8:1)
Through faith in Jesus Christ, all our sins are forgiven, we have peace with God the Father and we are no longer under His wrath. And there you have the Gospel.
So how does this all impact my life as a mum?
I was once an enemy of God, deep in my sin and in need of saving from His wrath and judgement. God purchased my salvation through Christ and now I have peace with Him and am righteous in His sight. This truth needs to be what motivates me daily in everything I do, including my role as a mum. So whether I’m changing nappies, cooking dinner dealing with tantrums, arguments, or waking up in the middle of the night to tend to a sick child or put my daughters duvet back on her for the 3rd time, this truth needs to be at the fore front of my mind. When I do this, it enables me to do all of the above and more with joy and love, without getting irritated or annoyed. But my reality is that I do not do this enough. Too often I get annoyed when my children argue, I moan about being woken up in the middle of the night, and complain when I have to intervene in an argument for the umpteenth time. But one of the many glorious things about the Gospel is that when I have those moments, or have a bad mummy day, I do not have to wallow in mummy guilt. Christ died for my guilt (Isaiah 53:10) so I no longer have to carry it. I repent, confess and move on. There is NO condemnation!!
If you would like a deeper explanation of the Gospel, ‘What is the Gospel?’ by Greg Gilbert is a brilliant book to purchase. It goes through the Gospel in its fullness and is not long to get through. I have started reading it again with my older children and I am excited to go through the Gospel with them in more detail.
The Gospel, the good news – not just a one time event for Salvation, but for everyday of our lives.
Until next time