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Acts 14:7

In acts_14_7 on February 12, 2008 at 8:32 pm

We read in 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” The gospel is not logical to those that do not believe it. It makes no sense. And why should it? It’s not in our nature to think that anything would come to us without some cost, with no strings attached and no way to earn it. We are performance-driven people so when something is offered to us for free, it scares us. It scares us to such a point that we would be willing to pass it by for fear of what it might bring.

I remember a time when I was in line for coffee and had a gift card with a few dollars left on it after I made my purchase. I turned around to the man standing behind me and offered him the card and said there was enough for a cup of coffee on it. He stared at me for a moment and then said no thanks. Thinking I hadn’t explained myself very well, I told him that I wasn’t going to use it and that he could use it to buy the coffee he was standing in line to get. And still, the same response. Now, this metaphor isn’t perfect. The gospel is not free. It cost Jesus his life to pay for our sins and he asks for nothing less than your life as well. But he promises eternal life in return. There is a cost associated with belief, but when you weigh the gain, cost loses its meaning.

“And there they continued to preach the gospel” – Acts 14:7

Each Tuesday a different reflection on the gospel and its continual effect on our lives