First posted on Gospel Coalition
What is the significance of the gospel for Christian men, moment by moment?
Men are given much to look at and listen to every day, literally and spiritually. We are bombarded by messages from cable news, internet and radio ads, billboards along the morning commute, magazines in the grocery checkout, bosses and coworkers, and wives and children. We are tempted according to our lusts and appetites and shamed over the size of our bank accounts, our standard of living, our level of fitness, the style of our dress, and our achievements (or lack thereof) at work and at home. We never feel done; we rarely feel right. And then we have the Accuser, our old enemy the Devil, eager to capitalize on these moments of weakness with his message of condemnation. It’s a wonder more men don’t refuse even to get out of bed in the morning!
So how does the gospel of grace keep us afloat in the humdrum of our ordinary days? Well, it’s imperative that we listen early and often to the message of the gospel. When we incline our ears to the good news, directing our gaze to the glory of Christ in Bible study and prayer, we can be changed (2 Cor. 3:18). When we hear the gospel message loudly and clearly, above all rival messages, the truth of grace flashes like lightning into our drab ways of living and thinking, electrifying our souls and thundering with glorious finality: “It is finished!” (John 19:30).
And how changed can we be? Consider these three big ways the gospel breathes life into the weary spirit: