Grow Your Fruit with the Gospel
Jesus said that saturating ourselves in the gospel, or “abiding” (lit., “making our home”) in it, is the way to abundant fruit. Sanctification is the daily process of pulling up the roots of our hearts from the flesh and grounding them in the soil of the gospel. Or, to change metaphors, we must send out missionaries to the unreached parts of our heart to preach the gospel and bring our heart under the subjugation of the gospel.
Things like radical generosity and audacious faith are not produced when we focus on them, but when we focus on the gospel.”
A Prayer of God's Righteousness
About four years ago, I wrote a prayer for our church to help to this end. We often talk about “preaching the gospel to ourselves daily,” but how can you do that? This four-part prayer confronts us with the reality of God’s gift-righteousness and love:
- “In Christ, there is nothing I could do that would make you love me more, and nothing I have done that makes you love me less.”
- “Your presence and approval are all I need today for everlasting joy.”
- “As you have been to me, so I will be to others.”
- “As I pray, I’ll measure your compassion by the cross and your power by the resurrection.”
Pray about this “gift righteousness” of the gospel (2 Cor. 5:21) and go to war against the incipient works-righteousness hardwired into our hearts.
Pray about this value of God’s presence in our lives. It’s one thing to know that Jesus is your possession; it’s another for that approval to have such weightiness in our hearts that our captivity to other idols is snapped.
Pray about and consider the extravagant generosity of God toward us. His generosity toward us leads us to radical generosity toward others.
Pray that God would help you view the world through the lens of the gospel. Seeing the compassion and power of God revealed in the gospel produces bold, audacious faith in our hearts.