The 5th Gospel

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British Evangelist Gypsy Smith said, “There are five Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Christian, and some people will never read the first four.”

The Apostle Paul expressed that sentiment this way, “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.” (2 Corinthians 3:2)

What letter are people reading when they study your life? How much of the love and nature of Jesus Christ has been incarnated (embodied) in YOU? When I’m really honest with myself I have to admit that I probably incarnate a lot less of God’s heart than I think I do. People might think I’m a nice guy. They might think I’m a decent Christian, and they might even admire some of my family dynamics, but I wonder if my presence in their life stirs any hunger to touch Christ.

Only a divine touch on our lives can inspire in others a hunger for the divine. Does that make sense? Me being a really great guy will not draw anyone to Jesus. People won’t convert to Christianity just because Christians are the nicest people (and by the way, we SHOULD be the nicest people because we’re living for others not ourselves). People will convert when they sense and see the reality of Christ lived out in His people.

You and I are the 5th Gospel. Let’s spend so much time with the hero of the other four Gospels that when people read our lives they will be infatuated and drawn to Him.

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