The gospel is not for nice people, but for sinners.
We forget that.
We get disappointed with Christians in the church. We hold them to a higher standard than God does. We expect them to live perfect lives. And when they don’t, we’re crushed. We forget that Christians are sinners too, even as Christians.
We’ve been made righteous by an alien righteousness – that is Christ’s – and it had nothing to do with us. It was a gift God gave us in Christ through faith in Him. Even faith is a gift from God.
We bring nothing to the table but our sin. God does everything.
He grabs us out of the world and kills us in Christ on the cross, then buries us in the tomb, and then resurrects us with Christ. See Ephesians 2:1-10.
What part of that process was our contribution? Zero.
But if we’re Christians, then it happened to us. God happened to us. See Ephesians 1.
The gospel is nothing we do.
It’s what God did in Jesus.
Talk to me.