Growing up we used to say "an apple a day, keeps the doctor away." Simple things like apples taken daily would add to your health and make a difference in the long run.
There is a sentiment going around in the church world, and I'm not sure how long it has been out there, or who coined it, but it is just as good: Preach the gospel to yourself daily.
Colossians 2:6-7 tell us: "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
We know that there is Holy Spirit filled power when we preach the gospel. But we must also know that the gospel isn’t one-and-done. We are to build our whole lives on the gospel. We are to grow into the gospel. We are to constantly remind ourselves of the gospel through things like communion, marriage, etc. If we reap what we sow, what if we sowed our entire life into the gospel?
Church leaders need to preach the gospel to their people weekly. We all need to preach the gospel to ourselves daily.
What do I mean by preaching the gospel? As a refresher course, Greg Stier gives a good acronym on understanding and keeping the gospel in the front of our minds:
G - God created us to be with Him.
O - Our sins separate us from God.
S - Sin cannot be removed by good deeds.
P - Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again.
E - Everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life.
L - Life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever.
As we preach the gospel to ourselves daily, there are unlimited and countless benefits. Here are four good ones:
1. When we preach the gospel to ourselves daily, we learn not to rely on rule-keeping, but instead to rest in the finished work of Christ's cross.
2. When we preach the gospel to ourselves daily, we realize we are drowning in grace, and we must extend grace to everyone we meet.
3. When we preach the gospel to ourselves daily, we remember what we already have in Christ is greater than our wildest dreams realized. We already have it, it is already ours.
4. When we preach the gospel to ourselves daily, we begin to see that the more we see the value of the gospel, the more we share the value of the gospel.
Let's get started.