Cough Drops and The Gospel

Imagine my surprise when I opened a cough drop and received a pep talk on the wrapper.

“Nothing you can’t handle,” “Bet on yourself,” “Power through,”Turn can do into can did,” “Impress yourself today,” and “It’s yours for the taking.”

I’ve been reading Dove Dark Chocolate quotes for years, but I must confess, the cough drop philosophy took me by surprise.

It shouldn’t have.

Our culture is saturated with messages laced with sicky-sweet, self-serving, self-esteem jargon.

Kind of like, “Your best life now.”

Schools teach the inherent good of man. A kind of Star-Trek Utopian.

Funny. You don’t have to teach children to lie. You don’t have to encourage spouses to cheat on each other or a man to be angry enough with another man to kill him.

It comes naturally. It’s human nature.

There’s a word for it–depraved.

The Bible states we are all sinners deserving of hell. So if you attend a church that doesn’t teach about hell, you’re not hearing what God has to say about it.

Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Scripture teaches we are all part of Adam’s race because when he sinned we sinned. We live on this earth a few short years and then we die.

Then what?

Eternity, that’s what.

With no hope.

Unless you know the gospel. Unless you believe the gospel.

What is it?

I’m glad you asked.

First, the gospel is an historical event, not how it’s changed my life. That is the fruit of the gospel.

I Corinthians 1:3-4 states, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

There are a lot of things that seem important in my Christian life. Church attendance, good works, living a pure life. Often times I forget the most important thing–the gospel or good news of Jesus Christ.

Maybe the American church has forgotten that, too. Namely, that we are sinners and need forgiveness. That God became Man in the form of a baby. That Jesus lived a sinless life, and died an atoning death for our sins.

It’s not “your best life now.” It’s your forgiven life now, and your best life in eternity.

I know several Christians who are battling cancer. I have other friends who are returning to a country to share the gospel with some who will persecute and may kill them. It’s not their best life now.

But one day, it will be.

Because a part of the gospel that I’d forgotten about was that when Christ was raised from the dead, he guaranteed my resurrection.

Romans 6:3-5 says, “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.”

My life here is good. But it’s not my best life now. And I’m not succumbing the cough-drop-philosophy, advising me to “bet on myself.”

I’m betting on Jesus.

My best life is to come.

And that’s no cough drop, pep talk philosophy.

It’s reality.




One Comment on "Cough Drops and The Gospel"

  1. Diane says:

    I love how you can turn a cough drop message into the gospel. Miss you friend

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