Don’t you love it when a book has you totally psyched? You cuddle up in a warm chair, draped in a blanket, sipping your tea, pen in hand, ready to take notes, and somewhere along the line, it happens.
Something jumps out at you so much that your pen goes crazy. You’re circling, underlining, check-marking, exclamation point-ing, and your mind is like on overload from the 87429 gigabytes of truth that your brain just downloaded. You tell all your roommates what you just read. You write it in your journal. You text someone. You tweet about it. That happened to me last week.
I’m reading Gospel Wakefulness, by Jared Wilson, and on page 72 he gives a diagnostic to check your heart for signs that you aren’t wakened to the gospel. It really hit me and is challenging me to loosen my grip on some really worldly ways of thinking and acting… I want to live a life of response to the gospel.
SIGNS YOU ARE NOT WAKENED TO THE GOSPEL
- The gospel doesn’t interest you– or it does, but not as much as other religious subjects.
- You take nearly everything personally.
- You frequently worry about what other people think.
- You treat inconveniences like minor (or major) tragedies.
- You are impatient with people.
- In general, you have trouble seeing the fruit of the Spirit in your life (Gal. 5:22-23)
- The Word of God holds little interest.
- You have great difficulty forgiving.
- You are told frequently by a spouse, close friend, or other family members that you are too “clingy” or too controlling.
- You think someone besides yourself is the worst sinner you know.
- The idea of gospel centrality makes no sense to you.
I hope this is helpful for you. Pray through whatever jumps about your own life, and let the truth of the gospel set you free.
Therefore, my beloved, fas you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for ihis good pleasure.
– Philippians 2:12