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Made Able: Live the Gospel

Jan 16, 2022
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What Does it Mean to “Live the Gospel?”
Our ABLE strategy begins with Abiding in Christ. Out of that flows Building relationships and Living the Gospel with Everything. We live the gospel in both word and deed. We see in Ephesians 5:15-18 that living the gospel happens when we are filled with the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5:15 says, “Look carefully how you walk”. “Look” is a command to pay attention as you live (walk). The passage goes on to say, “making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Time here doesn’t mean chronological time, but KAIROS time. Kairos is the strategic use of the opportunities that present themselves. As you consider your life, are you seizing the opportunities to live the gospel?

Verses 17-18 says, “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” In the culture that this passage was written to, many of the people got drunk in order to heighten their awareness of the gods they were worshipping. They were out of control and were impacted by something from the outside in. Instead, we should be impacted from the inside out, and live by the fruit of the Spirit which includes self-control. When you are full of something, it changes you. We see this clearly in the example of Stephen’s message before he gets stoned (Acts 6:15).

We must be ready for opportunities to live the gospel with our words and our actions. Opportunities present themselves each day. We must be ready by emptying ourselves of our desires and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us towards His desires.

Questions to Consider:
Do you look for strategic opportunities to share the gospel or do you find yourself getting caught up in the “chronological” day to day activities of life?
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you opportunities and then be ready with your 20 seconds of boldness to step into whatever He has for you!
When you are full of something, it changes you. What are you full of?