The Power of the Gospel
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:16–17 (NRSV)
The world in which we live is a world where destruction and chaos occurs regularly. All one has to do is to look at the daily news and somewhere in this world injustice is taking place. Although it may occur anywhere, it is often right in our own country – our own state – our own city- our own neighborhood- and at times even in our own families. The world around us needs Good News. The Good News is that God has become King and saves us in order that we may serve in a Kingdom where righteousness is the way of life. We are saved for a vocation to reflect the image of God in the world around us. In other words, God saves us to be an instrument to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to the world around us. The task is beyond grasp, but God does not expect us to do this alone; we are given the Holy Spirit and we live communally with other Spirit filled believers. Some will gladly receive the Good News of this Kingdom, but those who worship power, authority, money, sexual gratifications, and other selfish gods will not receive it gladly.
The Apostle Paul states that he is not ashamed of this Good News. Those who worship the selfish gods find it ridiculous and absurd for our God or any god to be crucified. Yet, that is what happened. Christ is the exact image of the God who calls us to be rightly related. We do not worship abusive powers but a God who becomes King of a righteous kingdom. Christ was killed in a shameful way by abusive unrighteous powers and it seemed that those gods had won, but death couldn’t hold Him. Jesus has defeated the selfish abusive gods. King Jesus is alive. He is coming again and setting up His Kingdom in a new world where those who believe will eternally live in righteousness. To this Good News we are called to participate. We are saved for vocation in the Kingdom where the Church lives out righteousness in this world. Just as Jesus walked the roads and streets in and around Jerusalem, we too must reflect the image that God calls us to be and reflect right relatedness in the streets and roads, which we journey. We do this trusting that God will pour out the renewing of the Spirit upon us so that we are able to bear witness to the Kingdom in each situation we encounter. Don’t be ashamed of the Good News, but share it and live it faithfully.