“The gospel isn’t advice: It’s the good news that you don’t need to earn your way to God; Jesus has already done it for you. And it’s a gift that you recieve by sheer grace- through God’s thoroughly unmerited favor. If you sieze that gift and keep holding on to it, then Jesus’ call won’t draw you into fanaticism or moderation. You will be passionate to make Jesus your absolute goal and priority, to orbit around him; yet when you meet somebody with a different set of priorities, a different faith, you won’t assume that they’re inferior to you. You’ll actually seek to serve them rather than oppress them. Why? Because the gospel is not about choosing to follow advice, it’s about being called to follow a King.”
(Timothy Keller- “King’s Cross”)
I love this quote for its simplicity in explaining the effect the gospel message should have on our lives. The gospel is not a list of rules to follow, nor is it a call to religious fanaticism which excludes all outsiders different from ourselves. The gospel is a proclamation of good news, a declaration that our King has come and that he calls us into a new way of life. Choose today to follow the King.