20 And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation (Romans 15).
Every gospel-taker brings along with it his or her own ministry foundation. From the other perspective, when someone hears the gospel, that gospel takes on the flavor from the tongue of the one proclaiming it. When it is a false gospel, it takes on the bitter flavor of the man-centered heresy upon which it is based. The Prosperity Gospel tastes like materialism, the gospel of Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses like unbelief, the works-righteousness gospel like pride, the “come, help us build a big church” gospel like Babel, the “come to our church and enjoy yourself” gospel like entertainment. Ah, but when it is the true gospel, it takes on the sweet foundation of the Christ-centered truth upon which it is based—the gospel of truth and grace.
But even different bearers of the true gospel may have varying degrees of sweetness to that gospel they proclaim, and this according to the impact of that gospel and the sanctifying work of the Spirit going on in their own lives, conforming them into the image of the Jesus—who Himself IS the Gospel.
Lord, thank You for sending gospel-takers to us. Help us This Day to be gospel-takers ourselves, bearing the sweet foundation of Christ-centered ministry and Christ-filled lives. Amen.