It can be so easy for me to overcomplicate the Gospel, to overcomplicate my role, or worse, to believe I have to make a contribution to my salvation. Sometimes, as evidenced by my last post, I have a hard time simply believing God.
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15
What if we take Jesus at his word and repent and just believe what he says?
Believe me when I say that I love you. (Jeremiah 31:3, Malachi 1:2, John 3:16)
Believe me when I say that nothing can change that. (Romans 8:39)
Believe me when I say that you are free. (John 8:36, Galatians 5:1)
Believe me when I say that I am with you always. (Joshua 1:9, Matthew 28:20)
Believe me when I say that my grace is sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Believe me when I say that I have put my spirit within you. (Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 6:19)
Believe me when I say that you are chosen. (1 Peter 2:9)
Believe me when I say that I have an inheritance for you that will last forever. (1 Peter 1:4)
Believe me when I say that you are not guilty, you are not unfit for use. (Romans 8:1)
Believe me when I say that my words bring you life. (Deuteronomy 6:2, Proverbs 4:22)
Believe me when I say that my words are trustworthy and true. (Revelation 21:5)
The Bible is filled with good news about God, about things that become true of us when we put our faith in Jesus. And when we slow down and spend time with God, simply believing the things He says, it begins to change everything.
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” – Mark 9:24
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. – Psalm 119:18