If the Gospel offers freedom, it implies we’re trapped. If the Gospel provides reconciliation, it sheds light on something being separated. If the Gospel gives us life, it means without it we are walking dead. The implications of these truths are staggering. Our reaction to these statements is often pride, guilt, shame, indifference or a feeble attempt to control. We attempt to make things right by our own effort. Then we encounter the message of Christ’s forgiveness and love. The same hope is offered to us all. Everyone gets made right the same way. However, our unique story influences the way we encounter and are drawn to the Gospel. The same message, a different experience. So, what does the Gospel mean to you? How has an encounter with Christ’s love shaped your own story? What are you going to do about what Christ has done? When you find these answers and are able to articulate them it frees you to see your story as a part of God’s story.