In our society, trends change often. Tech trends, fashion trends, shopping trends, and even health trends change. These changing trends typically affect our thought patterns and in turn can affect our behavior. Based on information we learn or hear, we often change what we do to keep up. For example, a previously beloved beehive hairstyle may not be your favorite now. Or a cool boom box to hoist on your shoulder may be difficult to find these days.
With all the changing trends to keep up with, we can appreciate the gospel of Jesus does not change. The fact that God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die on a cross over 2,000 years ago for us, has not changed. The gospel message is not a trend, thankfully. We have a message we can remain faithful to. The gospel, Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead, has not changed nor will it ever. We have good news that is thousands of years old to share with the world today.
Faithfulness, “being consistent and dependable,” is one fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5. We can and should remain faithful to the gospel message, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Our methods in sharing the gospel can change. In our current times, we may face those who doubt the Bible is true. We also may face those who want to rely on their works or being “good enough” to get to heaven. In all that we face, we must remain faithful to the message of the gospel; salvation is the gift of God to those who believe.
Having a consistent spiritual life will contribute to being faithful to the gospel message and sharing it with others. Paul challenges us to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:18) and to study to show ourselves approved (2 Tim. 2:17). In our prayer time, we can include praying for opportunity to share our faith and for boldness to share the good news when the opportunity presents itself. In our study, we can include studying to build up what we already know about the Bible and God, to better handle objections from unbelievers as they arise.
Now is not the time for us to waver and change what we think the message should be. Now is an opportune time to remain faithful to the original gospel message that is completely life-changing.
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