Ownership

8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel … (2 Timothy 2).

Nothing is truly yours until you take ownership of it—even the gospel itself, which became “my gospel” the moment I made it mine through personal repentance and faith. Until then, “the” gospel had held no attraction for me whatsoever, but rather, was considered only an abstraction in my mind, and a distraction for my soul.

Perhaps Paul had first heard the gospel from the lips of Stephen, yet chose to stand midst the cloaks of those who stoned him, rather than make it his own gospel. Later, however, on the road to Damascus he would indeed stake a personal claim on it and make an eternal investment in it, declaring it his life’s purpose to share it with others. In the end, the proof of the gospel being truly my gospel, is my desire to give it away.

Lord, help us This Day to invest in the gospel by investing it in the lives of others. Amen.