The transformative power of the gospel not only informs the mind, but also moves the heart. Oftentimes, our motivation falls far behind our knowledge so that we find it difficult to keep pace or walk according to the commands we known. But the gospel works upon the heart, draws out our affections for God, and moves us to obedience. The more we comprehend of God’s redemptive work on our behalf the more kindled our passion and the more likely our devotion will burst into flame. The great saints of church history were not of any better stock than the rest of us for all believers are born with the same moral corruption and all are renewed by the same Spirit. The great distance between their exceptional devotion and ours is simply a greater knowledge of the cross—of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The more we know Christ, what He has done, and what He has accomplished on our behalf, the more we will be both motivated and transformed. The Apostle Paul affirms this in II Corinthians 5:14-15:
“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”
It was the love of Christ revealed through the gospel that made the Apostle Paul a most eminent servant of God. This truth has been affirmed over and over throughout the history of church.
HeartCry is a missionary society with one great and overriding passion: that God’s Name be Great among the Nations (Malachi 1:11) and that the Lamb receive the full reward for His suffering (Revelation 7:9-10).
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Paul Washer is founder of the HeartCry Missionary Society.
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