As I’ve begun to read some books more carefully, I’ve realized that Christian books, even books I enjoy, seem to be missing something. Something that at first glance may not seem like a big deal, but one that has major repercussions.
Many Christian books “forget” the gospel.
Perhaps it’s assumed, because I doubt it's purposeful. After all, if you are writing to a Christian audience (especially conservative Christian) you may think, “They don’t need the basics, they want to know how to do this.” How to relate to guys, how to have godly friendships, how to know when you’re ready for marriage, how courtship works, how to be a good stay-at-home daughter, how to spend your time before you marry. None of these things are inherently bad. In fact, they may be completely book worthy. In fact, I’ve read many books by various authors on these very subjects.
However, sometimes I feel like something is lacking. And quite frankly, it’s the truth of the gospel. Perhaps I do need practical ideas on how to spend my time now, as an unmarried daughter, but I also need to be reminded that the most important use of my time is developing that relationship with my Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. I need be encouraged to spend time daily at His feet, worshiping Him, praying to Him, and listening to Him. Perhaps I do need to understand how I should treat my brothers in Christ, but I also need to be reminded that if I’m seeking attention from guys that means my satisfaction is not coming from Christ alone. I need to be exhorted to turn to Him. I need to know that it’s because of His death on the cross that I can find forgiveness and cleansing and new desires and power. It is by His strength that I can do what He asks of me.
You see, no matter what the subject is, there is always room for the gospel and hope that Christ alone has the answer. He gives us the right desires and the power. He alone is our portion. It’s not enough to know what I must do, I must realize that I can do nothing apart from Christ and learn to depend on Him more deeply.
So whether you’re blogging, writing an email to a friend, posting on facebook or twitter, or writing a book, remember that your words should turn others to Christ, not to a formula or an “answer” that works. Not to a legalistic list. Christ alone. Because when others find their complete satisfaction in Christ, there is freedom and joy. There is hope.
“Strengthen me to give Thee no rest until Christ shall reign supreme within me, in every thought word, and deed, in a faith that purifies the heart, overcomes the world, works by love, fastens me to Thee, and ever clings to the cross.”
Valley of Vision