Ever since the advent of 24-hour reporting, I think it’s safe to say that many of us have become news junkies these days. While there’s certainly nothing wrong about being informed about what’s happening in our world, lately I’ve been taking an honest inventory of the news I listen to. Isn’t it true that the news stories we follow have this way of shaping the way we see the world, ourselves, and our neighbors? For better or worse, our worldview is shaped by the news stories we listen to…
Which is why I’ve been reordering my morning routine around the Gospel lately.
You see, at it’s core the Gospel is a news story. In fact, the Greek term Jesus and his disciples used literally means “good news”. That why Jesus is constantly going around proclaiming the same breaking news story to broken people in the Bible:
“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the (good news story) Gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the (good news story) Gospel.’” (Mark 1:14-15)
In a world filled with bad news, I need to reorient my heart and mind around “the good news story of God” each and every morning. When I’m feeling overwhelmed by the latest disaster, instead of listening to the voices of despair, I remember the Gospel. In the midst of a broken, fractured, hurting world I remember that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (v 14). Granted, I can’t always see this breaking news breaking in. But everyday I believe the good news story of God a bit more.
The Gospel reminds me each and every day that I’m accepted and loved today by a Savior who hung on a cross for my sins (1 Peter 3:18). The news of Christ’s resurrection allows me to face each day with renewed hope; because no matter how bad or bleak things get—the tomb is empty and the grave could not contain the world’s Redeemer (Acts 2:24)!