Every day this week (Mon-Fri) I’m posting excerpts from Tullian Tchividjian’s book, “Jesus + Nothing = Everything”. Thanks to my friends at Crossway Books, at the bottom of each day’s post there is an opportunity for subscribers to the blog to win a copy of the book as well.
Congratulations Gary Dieffenderfer, who was the winner for Day #1.
Here is today’s excerpt:
The Gospel Makes You Disappear
Christians avoid the gospel on a daily basis—because that’s exactly what sin is. If we’re honest, we’ll admit that every day we try to avoid the gospel at some level. It’s what we do whenever we as Christians sin. It’s a flight from God in thought, word, or deed. And that flight from God always assumes an avoidance of the gospel.
Why do we do this? I’ll admit why I do it. It’s because the gospel makes me disappear. The gospel obliterates me, in a sense. Suddenly life is no longer about my little world and my standards and rules and goals and preferences. It’s no longer about me and what I want. It’s no longer about my strengths and achievements and attainments.
The gospel erases us, in that sense, which is why we avoid it. But that erasing of self is the key to our freedom.
The gospel doesn’t take you deeper into yourself; the gospel takes you away from yourself. That’s why Paul reminds the Colossians (and us), “You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (3:3). The gospel frees us to realize that, while we matter, we’re not the point.
The gospel frees us from the debilitating frustration of not getting what we think we want, because the gospel shouts to all of us that life isn’t about our comfort, our ease, our preferences; it’s about God and his glory, his gospel, his church, his way, his kingdom. It’s about his Son, Jesus, reigning as king.
Tullian Tchividjian, Jesus + Nothing = Everything (pp.121-122)
Day #2′s giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Ed!