“Duh Moments” with God

Sometimes I get what I call “Duh Moments.”  “Duh Moments” are what happens when something that should be clear becomes clear and I say “Duh.”  I have a lot of these with God so on the anniversary of one full year since I started this blog, I am going to share with you one of my “Duh Moments” with God.

The word “Gospel” means good news.  The four gospels in the New Testament are the four accounts of the life of Christ and are called gospels because they tell the good news about Jesus.  The bible also mentions  “The Gospel” and this is the incredibly good news that through faith in Christ we can be forgiven and redeemed.

Today, most church going folks couldn’t tell you what the Gospel is, and for many it is set of facts and information we believe.  Get the information right and you are saved… get it wrong and “No Soup for You!”

In Romans 1:16,  Paul wrote that he was not ashamed of the Gospel because the Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone…  This verse was always used to get me to be more bold and the leverage word in the verse is the word “ashamed.”  It means what we think it means.  I have heard a “ton-o-sermons” on this verse and guess what, I always end up feeling ashamed for feeling ashamed… this is certainly the recipe for transformation. (See the post on sarcasm and realize I still need to work on this.)

I heard statements like “what if they die and go to hell and you never told them because you were ashamed of the gospel?”  Here is a confession.  Shaming me into feeling no shame didn’t really work.  Then the “Duh Moment” with God.

I read the rest of the verse and discovered that the reason Paul felt no shame was not about how screwed you are without Jesus but rather because the Gospel is FREEKING AMAZING!!! Duh.

The Gospel is the power of God.  So many Christians are looking for the power of God… going to healers, watching Christian television, begging God to do stuff… making deals with God about giving, serving, loving others… just to get some of that God Power working in their direction.  But right in front of our faces is this Gospel, this good news and it IS the power of God.  It does not contain the power of God, it does not refract, reflect, channel, hold or manipulate the power of God… no it IS THE POWER OF GOD! Duh.

Power for what?  Salvation… kind of a big deal, I got now power for that.  Transformation… Another big deal, I got no power for that.  Cleansing of guilt and shame… I got no power for that.  Healing of wounds, broken heartedness, fear, anger, addiction, slavery to sin… I got no power for that.  Destroyed marriages, rebellious hearts, wayward kids, hopelessness, discouragement… I got no power for that.   But God does and the Gospel IS the power of God. Duh.

So here’s a question; Did you know you had that much power at your disposal?  Did you know that in your grasp is the power of God to alter eternity and change lives?  Did you know that God has given us access to His life altering, sin forgiving, God reconciling, and heart transforming power?  WOW!!!  Call the paper, alert the media, send out a press release because that is BIG.

When I focused on the Power of God, the Gospel, I got motivated.  No shame needed for removing my shame.  I got excited because I have access to the only power that can do what NEEDS to be done in a persons life.  I am a steward of this power.  Holy Smokes, how cool is that?  Now when I read “I am not ashamed of the Gospel” I get excited and say “Duh, who in their right mind would be ashamed of that kind of life changing power!”  Thank you Jesus!   Off… we go now.

~ by OFF we go now on August 13, 2010.

4 Responses to ““Duh Moments” with God”

  1. GREAT STUFF! You’re right, too many of us are ashamed of being ashamed. We’re supposed to NOT be ashamed… and for good reason!

    I’m gonna hang onto this one, Leonard!

  2. Yes – great stuff. I do wonder why Paul would have written “I am not ashamed” unless some of the readers either were ashamed or acted as if they were. It’s sort of like getting some new tennis shoes at the sports store and finding the little packet inside intended to absorb moisture and noticing that the packet says “do not eat.” What!?!? Who would think, “oh look, they included a snack with my shoes,” except a baby who can’t read. Someone did (and sued) so now the manufacturer has to tell us something that would cause most people to say “DUH.”

    Do you think Paul felt that way when he wrote those words?


  3. I might see it this way… Paul was saying he was set apart for this gospel, he was appointed to the gentiles for this gospel, he was eager to preach this gospel and has tried many times to come to them with this gospel… His statements may have nothing to do with his readers being ashamed. His statement might simply mean that HE, Paul the Apostle was not ashamed and in fact had been called, appointed and directed to share and sacrifice his life for this gospel.

  4. […] You can read more of Leonard’s writings at his blog.  And feel free to comment on his “Duh Moments” here at MMI or over at his blog. […]

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