We finished up our pinewood derby cars last night. The boys are so excited to race them next week but were concerned that the wheels were not on yet. I told them that the wheels were the last thing attached after this long process. I told them that when they came next Wednesday the cars would all have the wheels on and aligned, ready to race.
Wheels are so important! Can you imagine putting a car on the track with no wheels? Of course not because it is a ridiculous notion. The car, even on an incline would just sit there. Without the wheels there would be no motion. Without motion there would be no hope of finishing the race. The car may look stunning, but if it does not move it is useless.
God has established that the Gospel would be spread by His followers. God can do whatever He wants and He has chosen for you and me to be the wheels of this project. For this reason, if we do not carry the Gospel it will just sit there. You are the wheels that make the Gospel move.
Jesus had many people that believed though some would not admit it. They were afraid.
Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders.
But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue.
For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.
The Gospel shapes our hearts. As we move away from moral performance as the basis of our relationship with God and run toward grace, we find greater fulfillment in life. When we recognize what it cost God, our gratitude moves us to obedience.
The Gospel shapes our towns. As we allow the Gospel to shape our hearts, we will affect change in our town. Get involved. Coach. Run for school board. Attend PTA meetings. Go to council meetings. Let your voice be heard and use a Gospel tone.
The Gospel shapes our lives. So often, we celebrate the Gospel in church and calculate our reputation at work, school, or shopping. Let what you learn and celebrate on Sunday spill out of you Monday through Saturday.
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see,
so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.