Preach Yourself the Gospel
“…Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” 1 Corinthians 9:16 ESV
Our memories are peculiar things. We can retain information and memories we want to remember seldom and the ones we want to forget seem to never want to go away. It makes so much sense that the God who created us would give us many signs and wonders to keep us aware of His presence externally (Psalm 19), and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit brings truth and comfort to our hearts when we are in danger of forgetting and fretting (John 16:13). We even witness in the Word of God people of the Old Testament raising up stones to remember what God had done for them and the marvelous things they had witnessed from Him.
Seeing signs and the discipline of reminding ourselves of things through repetition keeps them afresh in our memories and at the forefront of our minds. This practice must be done to keep ourselves afresh with the most important truth in existence–the Gospel. We are reminded of the wickedness of the world every day, and many times, with the help of our adversary, the wickedness within. The world around us needs the Gospel truth daily, and we do, too. Coming to salvation and being born again does not mean we don’t need to hear that we are sinners who desperately need our Savior. We still need to be reminded of the fact that we were once alienated from God, deserving of every eternal flame that hell could muster up. But God in His mercy, love, and grace predestined us to be saved through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son. We are now raised to life in Christ and are seated with Him in heavenly places as born-again children of God (Ephesians 2:6).
How quick we are to forget this and put away our righteous robes in sin or shame. This must not be the case for us. We must preach the Gospel to ourselves and make it a habit to remember who we are now in Christ. The Gospel is the light that keeps our spiritual eyes from growing dim. It is the cool drop of water on the parched tongue that gives it renewal to recite its truth. It gives strength to the brittle bones of the believer in times of struggle and difficulty. it brings to life who once was dead in their sin and trespasses and makes them alive again. It is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16), and the Gospel is our King and God, Jesus Christ. Woe to us if we do not preach the Gospel to ourselves. We do ourselves an injustice by doing so. Remember and walk in its truth, and tell others of its marvelous reality today and forevermore.
Praise You, Lord! For Your Gospel and mercy has brought us back to life from our death. May it be the breath of fresh air in our lungs as we go through this life. And may You be glorified for it, and Your name be praised. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Let us make it habit to remember the Gospel every day, and tell others of it as well so that they might also be saved!