My son understands the gospel this way: Jesus was born in a manger, he was raised and lived a sinless life, he died on the cross and three days later he rose from the dead. He also likes to say that when Jesus saves somebody, he goes to live in their heart.
He truly believes that the gospel is for everyone. The Bible says it is.
I also love the fact that my son does not know what prejudice is. He doesn’t know that some people show favoritism to others, he believes you can love and be friendly to everyone. My son does not know what racism is.
If you are a Christian, you are a disciple. You have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. Disciple, you are a missionary. You have been sent to your city as a messenger of the gospel of Jesus.
The gospel does not make room for prejudices. Why?
Jesus has a kingdom mindset. If Jesus wanted to, he could have stayed in one city his entire ministry. However, he chose to go to different cities, to different contexts, to different people. Jesus had a kingdom mindset.
In Acts, after the stoning of Stephen, the church explodes. This is one of my favorite things about Acts. The people put aside their bias, their prejudices, their comfort, their desires and they share the gospel wherever their feet touch the ground.
The gospel message is urgent and disciples are called to be obedient. You are called to share your faith, share the gospel, share what Jesus is doing in your life, to just start up a conversation about Jesus.
You have to get over your “self.” You have to get over your misconceptions, your desires, your prejudices, your comfort, your bias, and get out there and get to work.
Stop looking at people with your eyes and start looking at people with the eyes of Jesus. Don’t look at color, gender, culture, economic background, financial and social status, education, or where a person works. The gospel cuts through all of that to get to the heart of the person. The gospel needs you to be that messenger.
It is time that we have a childlike perspective.