The easy “Sunday School answer” to this question could be, “Everyone who doesn’t know Christ as Savior and Lord.” And that would be correct, but only partially. The fact is, we ALL need the gospel. The bigger question is, “Do you live your life each day as if YOU need the Gospel?” I’m not talking about the one time transaction as a believer, a follower of Christ, a Christian who has chosen Christ as Savior, but I’m talking about how you live your life.
I heard the following today, “The gospel is for people for whom, nothing is going right.”
Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Matthew 2:17b (NKJV)
Luke recounts Jesus’ reading (of himself) from the book of Isaiah where he said, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind; to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Luke 4:18 (NKJV)
And Romans 3:23, that you’re probably very familiar with proclaims,”For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
What I see is that the gospel comes not just for all people, but for those who are in desperate need of it and that my friend is you and me. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I tend to find myself living as if I don’t need the gospel in my life. I rely on the comfort of things around me or let myself not be desperate enough for the things of God. I do find myself living as if I don’t need the gospel.
If it’s true the gospel is for those whom nothing is going right then do we think about our “need” of the gospel when everything is going right for us? Or do we let the comfort of our lives replace the desperation we should have for the gospel of God in our lives and by extension, the lives of those who don’t know Christ as Savior? We have a responsibility to communicate this great gospel to the lost.
I’ve challenged myself at the beginning of this new year to daily consider this great gospel, and the great salvation I have through Jesus Christ. I’m going to try to NOT let the trappings of this world, things, comforts, material possessions, work, play, friends, accolades, busy-ness, and yes even, “doing church,” replace my daily need for the power of the gospel in my life!
I want to be desperate for it because after all, we ALL really need the gospel.