Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them - yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

In the midst of giving specific instructions\exhortations to the church in Cornith, Paul stops and takes some time to encourage his audience to be reminded of the gospel, “which you have received and on which you have taken your stand” (v 1). Paul’s purpose is simple: He wants the people of Cornith, in the midst of pushing them to grow, to root their growth in awe of the gospel. He wants them to remind themselves of what God has done & what they have received. He wants to point them back to the source, to point them back to what they stand on.

It is amazing how easily the gospel becomes complacent in our walk with Christ – how it becomes normal, how we can spend days or even weeks without reflecting on what we have received. However, reflecting on and being reminded of the gospel is the most important thing that we can do. We don’t ever want to grow weary of what God has done for us. It should continue to wreck us. As we reflect on the gospel, we will be led into fuller worship, deeper intimacy, increased hunger, and joy-filled gratitude. 

So today, take time to be reminded of what you stand on. That even though you did nothing to deserve it, that God loved you so much that He sent His son to die on the cross for the opportunity to know you. That Jesus paid the price of your sin. That you are free from condemnation and the bondage of sin. And all you had to do was take God up on the invitation to follow Him. To follow Him into freedom, into abundant life, into a love that casts out fear. Let the truth of who God is, His goodness, His faithfulness, His graciousness overwhelm you.

God – thank you. Thank you for the cross. Thank you for what Jesus has done. I pray that you would restore the joy of my salvation to me today. I pray that I would walk today knowing that I am a child of God, bought at a price & given an inheritance that will never perish or fade. Amen.

- Megan McGarrah