Are we living in such a way that is compelling others towards a gospel of works and not a gospel of faith in Jesus Christ alone? How might this happen?
All of us have different gifts and personalities and are drawn towards different aspects of church life. Be careful of putting your confidence in your ‘christian resume’ rather than the evidences of God’s grace in your life. When you reflect on the question, ‘How am I doing?’, what comes to your mind? If the first thing or the only thing is a list of things you are doing for God or doing for the church, be careful.
‘How am I doing?’ should primarily result in a list of sins that I am gaining victory over, a list of biblical character qualities that I am developing, a list of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) that are showing themselves in my life. Heart work is foundational to service. Make time each day for honest reflection before God and before his word, confessing any sin that is revealed and thanking Him for any good thing, for any growth seen, for any evidences of God’s grace.
As others see your life, may they be compelled towards the gospel of faith in Christ alone and to the God of the gospel.