Here are three things I think are very biblical and healthy for every Christian to know. I also think they’re very useful for us to keep in mind for the sake of evangelism and sharing the Gospel with others.
1. Know Who God Is
- God is Holy and Sovereign (Isaiah 6:1-5). He is infinitely bigger than you could ever imagine.
- God is the Creator (Gen. 1). He made everything that exists… including you. Not only did he make you, but he made you in his own image! Whether you recognize it or not, you belong to God.
- God is the Judge (Rev. 20:11-15). It doesn’t take much more than a bit of honest humility to see that there’s something seriously broken in the world and in our own soul. We will give account.
- God is Love (1 John 4:7-10). (which gets us to the next thing we need to know…)
(obviously, there’s more that could be said here about who God is and what He’s like… you can go HERE for a fantastic chart that will help you explore this further)
2. Know What God Has Done
- God never gave up on us (Gen. 3:15; Isaiah 53). Even from the moment of humanity’s first sin he has always left a message of hope for us. He sent prophets to tell us there would be a day when we would be freed the judgment we deserve and reconciled to God.
- God did the unthinkable – He became one of us (John 1:14). Think about it, God the Son (the second Person of the Trinity) really, historically, physically became a baby boy who ate, slept, and did other “things” babies do…
- God died in order that you might live (John 3:16-17). Yes, I wrote it that way on purpose – for that is who Jesus is. He took your punishment, your judgment, your wrath, your sin upon himself so that you could be set free. That’s love!
- God has adopted you (Eph. 1:4-5). Christian, He has made you his child by faith. May it never be lost on you that the God described by #1 above chose to adopt you – not because you were worth it, but because of His grace and mercy and love. (If this idea of God choosing you sounds repulsive, maybe this could help clarify what we do and do not mean by it?)
- God has saved you (Rom. 8:1). This is probably the simplest way to put it.
3. Know Who God is Calling to You to Be
- God is calling you to be secure (Rom. 8:37-39). Life is unpredictable and can get turned upside-down in a moment. Because of Who God Is and What God Has Done, you can stand secure on the unchanging God.
- God is calling you to live by faith (James 2:18-26). This might sound simple (and it is simple, in some ways), but it certainly isn’t easy. You can’t live by faith if you never do anything beyond your ability. Will you really trust God, or just talk about how trustworthy he is?
- God is calling you to be a light (Matt. 5:14-16). A candle doesn’t need to be taught how to give off light and heat, it just needs to be lit. When you submit yourself to God, He will change you day by day. The more you simply trust him and grow in your love for him, the more brightly you will burn. (note: This isn’t something you accomplish by trying to do it, it’s a byproduct of savoring the realities of knowing #1 and #2 above).