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Hey there, I'm Sunny Shell, a wretch saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. I'm married to the most incredible man on earth, who loves Jesus more than he loves me, and we have two precious adult sons.

The compassionately endures me through my metabolic disease (since 2004) that enables me to be more prayerful and careful about commitments I make and helps me to make the best use of my short time here on earth.

If you want to know more about me, click HERE.

Simplicity of The Gospel


As I was having my quiet time today, God reminded me of the simplicity of His message of salvation and how He wants His children to live. First, I will cover the simplicity of the Gospel.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”
~ John 3:16-17

Do you know why Jesus, the Son of God, did not come into the world to condemn it? Let’s read on to the next few verses and see what God says.

“Whoever believes in Him [Jesus Christ] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
~ John 3:18

According to God’s word, it is because we are condemned already. Why are we condemned already?

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith.”
~ Romans 3:23-25a

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
~ Ephesians 2:8-9

So then, what is sin?

“Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.”
~ 1 John 3:4

What law is the Apostle John talking about?

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
~ Matthew 5:17


Realizing how simple the Gospel message is, we can also see how difficult we have made it to be with all of our “knowledge”. This is why Jesus said we must all come to Him with the faith of a child.

The message of the Gospel is so simple, a little child should be able to understand it and come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. To find out how to biblically, simply and effectively share the Gospel please click HERE or click on any of the links at the bottom of this blog, listed under “For the Evangelist in You!”

Now that I’ve shared with you the simplicity of the Gospel message, I’d like to share with you how I think about salvation, and how we, as God’s children, ought to live…simply, that is. :-)

Here's how simple my thinking is:
  1. There are only two kinds of people: saved and unsaved
  2. Therefore, nothing is the matter of our ability, but only a matter of God's will and our will (or willingness) working in unison to bring the greatest honor and glory to His name.
That's it!

Point #1:
This is how I pretty much think about everything. Either a person's soul is indwelt with the Holy Spirit of God, through repentance and faith in Jesus the Christ, the Son of God or they are dead, empty souls, destined for Hell until they come to the saving knowledge of Jesus.

No matter where I go, or who I speak with (even while I'm driving in my car), my constant thinking is "Is that person saved? Do they know Jesus? If they died today, are they going to Heaven or Hell?" Then I pray and ask God to show me, by the power of His Holy Spirit if I'm supposed to speak to someone, give them a tract, serve them, pray for them, all of the above, or whatever He desires. I am constantly concerned about everyone's eternal destiny as this is what determines how I interact with them. As you can see, this makes my life very simple.

If you are not saved, and the Holy Spirit leads me to, I will share the Gospel with you in whatever form or fashion the Lord reveals to me. And I will do this with much fear and trembling as I am fully aware that my lips are unworthy of speaking such glorious truths...the Words of Life. But the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded me to do this and has qualified me for such a task, therefore, I will do it. I will do this with compassion as, I may not know you, but my heart already breaks for you because you are still in a position of enmity with my Father God, therefore, all I have for you is compassion and the love of Jesus. I will lovingly take your hand and walk you to my Jesus. Then I will leave you there with Him, as I do not consider it my business what happens between you and my Savior, Who Is my God. I do not live for the results, but only to love Christ with all I have and everything I am. The results are left in my Master's Hand, in whom I have complete trust. Should you desire to share anything with me, I will listen, but I refuse to make my business that which does not belong to me.

If you are saved, then I already love you with a deep love that abides only in Christ Jesus and I will pray and ask God how I might be blessing to you, serve you, exhort you, or rebuke you if need be, and anything and any way that God chooses to use me as His tool, His vessel so that I might somehow draw you into deeper intimacy with our Savior, Jesus Christ. He may tell me not to say or do anything, He may tell me to just sit with you...and I will joyfully do it.

Do I truly love those who are complete strangers to me just because they say they know Jesus? My answer to that is simple, YES! Of course I do! Did not my Lord command me to love all those who are in the Family of God? (John 13:34-35 and Galatians 6:10)

Point #2:
When my boys tell me they can’t do something, the first thing I ask them is: “You can’t or you won’t?”

If you think about it, most things we say we can’t do (i.e., love someone who hurt us, do something kind for the ungrateful, etc.) are really things that we are actually capable of doing, we just are not willing to do it. I think if we all kept this at the forethought of our minds we would more easily be conformed into the likeness of Christ.

One thing I do to myself and also teach our boys to do is speak the truth, exactly as it is, and not the way we’d like it to be. I often tell my boys, “If you don’t like the truth spoken about you. Then you ought to change the way you live.” Therefore, instead of saying “I can’t”, I honestly say, “I’m unwilling…..” to do such and such. This, of course, really convicts my heart and often leads me to my knees in repentance and prayer as I ask God to forgive me for the unwillingness of my heart to yield to His Holy Spirit; and to teach me to be more loving, understanding and compassionate like Christ.

I know this is really a simple and small change we can all make, but like I said, I’m but a simple woman.

I thought I should share this with all of you in the hopes that perhaps this small change of speaking truth to ourselves and to others; might help us all do that which we all desire the most – to be made in the likeness of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

So next time you start to tell someone you can’t do something, stop and think if that’s true. Are you truly incapable of doing this thing that has been asked of you, or are you merely unwilling to do it?

Share the Gospel in season and out of season; love the Family of God and never cease to pray, bless, love and share God’s kindness with anyone and everyone!

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3 comments:

  1. Sunny,

    So glad you are rested and back sharing God's truth with us. I am a richer person for being here just now.

    Blessings to you, sweet sister!

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  2. As usual...gently sharing God's truth!! Glad you are back...I missed you, but I'm glad you had a break.

    Love you,

    Amanda

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  3. As usual...gently sharing God's truth!! Glad you are back...I missed you, but I'm glad you had a break.

    Love you,

    Amanda

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