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Cait Moriah brings us today’s devotion titled, “The Gospel in Our Day to Day.” Cait, 21, lives in the beautiful, mountainous state of Colorado. While pursuing an education degree and working full time, she also blogs in her spare time. Cait recently became engaged to her fiancé, Adrian, and has said yes to the dress! She loves a simple lifestyle and doing things that bring her joy. I’ve been ‘Instagram Friends’ with Cait for a while now. She is such a sweet person. I love her fashion style and positive vibes! Give her IG page a follow! @caitmoriah
The Gospel in Our Day to Day
Hi everyone! I’m sitting in my oversized chair at 10pm at night writing this devotion because I spent the whole week working and writing papers for my college courses and then remembered this was needed by tomorrow. Almost a huge fail on my part, but here I am getting it done. This is not what this devotion is about, but I wanted to remind everyone that it is okay to not have it all together all the time. 😊
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
When I was asked to write this devotion to share something that has been on my heart, the answer to “What should I write?” came to me almost instantaneously. The gospel – I have to write about the gospel. And I’m not talking about the gospel message of salvation, (Although that is the best thing I could write about!) but I’m speaking of the power that lays in the gospel for us as believers to rejoice in, partake of, and show to the world every day.
I recently watched a Netflix documentary (This was before I also decided to also cancel my Netflix subscription. Controversial subject, but I thought I would just add that in for anyone that may be wondering. 😊 ) and the whole point of the documentary was to proclaim what the gospel truly was – God’s gift of redemption to mankind. After watching that short documentary, it set my brain on a path of questions. Why do I try to earn God’s grace? How does the gospel go beyond salvation? What can the gospel message do for my everyday life? These questions flooded my mind. I thought about it for a bit, and I started to gain a new appreciation for what Jesus has done for us, and what He continues to do for us. I wanted to share that with you today…
I always looked as my relationship with God as one that was transactional. Meaning, if I did something for God, He would do something for me. Almost like a genie in a bottle. (Awful, I know, but this is me being real and honest here.) The same went vice versa – when I’m not doing my best and I’m fallen and weak, God is angry with me and therefore will not bless me or love me. In conclusion, God’s love is based on me, making it conditional. However, the gospel proves that to be a lie. Jesus came to save us by grace alone, through faith alone, to the glory of God alone. (Truly, we have no part in the saving and keeping process other than simply accepting His favor.) God’s love is not based upon what I do right or wrong in my week, it is based upon what Jesus did at Calvary. God’s favor is not based upon how many people I shared the gospel with in my week, it is based upon what Jesus did at Calvary. God’s love is not based on us, and that is simply the most beautiful thing for me to hear and remind myself of daily.
And that is what I wanted to remind you of today, reader. God loves you because He wants to love you. He loves you enough to save you, and to stick with you in the nitty-gritty, not so pretty parts of life. He does not leave when things get hard. He stays right there and sticks it out with you. He said to us that He would never leave, and that His grace is made perfect in our imperfections.
This is the gospel in action in the everyday life of the believer. Grace to forgive sins, the blood to redeem us, God’s unearnable, irreplaceable love for us, and the privilege we have live our lives under the freeing power of the gospel.
Although this devotion is short and definitely not all I wanted to say, I know that it helped me just to write it out and remind myself of it, so I pray it might be able to help someone who reads it. Remember, God loves you.