Scripture: Romans 10.
(What is God saying here?)
Romans 10:8-13 (NLT)
8 …. In fact, it says, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” And that message is the very message about faith that we preach:
9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”
12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him.
13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
If I saw a friend of mine walking towards a busy highway and it appeared like they would walk into the path of oncoming traffic, I would rush to stop them, I would shout to warn them of the danger, I may even grab them and shake them to their senses if I thought that they were aimlessly heading into danger without thought of the consequences. This is very much like what Paul is doing in this passage. He was very concerned about his fellow Jews, who should have known better than to walk aimlessly towards life eternal without Christ. So Paul shared with them what the prophets foretold about how to know that one could be assured of eternal life with Jesus, yes even after death here on this earth. This is important news for us today also friends, for we need to be assured that our lives are in order first of all. Secondly, let’s not sit idly by and see our friends heading into a fatal situation and do nothing. We must share this good news with everyone that we come into contact with. We have a vested interest in our friends, we want to see them enjoy the best God has to offer. Let’s make it our mission to share the Good News with our friends in 2012, for their own safety and security.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father God, I come before You this morning thanking You for providing a way for me, yes unworthy though I may be, yet You provided a means for me to be assured of life eternal with You in glory. Thank You! Just as You lovingly convinced me of my sin and redirected my path unto righteousness, I pray that You will guide me to encourage my friends, my contacts and all those that I have influence over, to surrender their lives to You – a path to safety and security in knowing that they will one day join You in heaven.
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