We are proactive when we intentionally fix our focus on the truths of the gospel daily. It is our daily meditation, making the gospel one of the most powerful “offensive” weapons against the world, the flesh and the devil. We don’t simply drift into the discipline of preaching the gospel to ourselves. We decide in advance to simply make it part of our daily routine.
We are reactive by recalling the truths of the gospel, thereby developing a gospel perspective and evaluating what is currently happening to us by looking through the gospel lens. This gospel perspective helps us overcome our temptations and sin patterns (doubt, fear, disappointment, envy, resentment, unforgiveness, frustration, anger, etc.).
So, how are you doing at preaching the gospel to yourself? Do you do it daily? Do you remind yourself that God so deeply and eternally loved you that He sent His only begotten Son to die in your place? Remember, what rules your heart shapes your life. The more you preach the gospel to yourself the more it will rule your heart and shape your life and that shape will look like a cross — vertically toward God and horizontally toward others — all others!
This is the gospel. This is grace for your race. Never forget that. . . . Amen.