by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
My dear friend,
What awaits you is a day filled with encounters with Christ! He looks forward to speaking into your life with His creative word. Good job in taking this time to give your attention to Him!
As usual, start by clearing away your distractions, as important as they are. Remember you are sitting with Him.
Take each thing crying out for your attention and “give it to Jesus.” He can not only handle these things right now better than you… you want to come back to them with Him.
Open up to Romans 3:21-26. Paul begins these words with, “But now.” He is referencing what he has just spent 1:1-3:20 explaining. While we were all made in the image of God as holy, our first parents, Adam and Eve, rebelled against His authority, believing they would be better off being “free” from God. Even though HE created us and created every good thing we love for our good, even though He has only been good to us, Adam and Eve DIS-trusted Him and rebelled against His commands. And they gave birth to US, who were created in THEIR image. We all know we don’t live up to a moral standard we should. But humankind has ignored these testimonies that would lead us to seek Him out and honor Him. Paul sums it all up in 3:9-20 by saying “No one seeks God” to be God of their lives. There is no fear of God before their eyes.
And then Paul says, but now… Read these six verses, slowly, out loud, (meditatingly) five times.
Here are some definitions:
- Righteousness: Right standing with God’s standard. It is more than “just as if you have never sinned.” It is “Just as if you had always obeyed.”
- Faith: Trusting Jesus with your future. One key way this trust is lived out… is obeying Jesus’ commands, because you trust His desire for your good.
- Believe: Trust… same word as “Faith” in the New Testament Language.
- Glory: The infinite value of God in His goodness.
- Justified: The same word as “Righteousness” though now written as a verb.
- Grace: God’s unconditional goodness expressed.
Read this passage through three more times, this time with these words in mind.
My friend, the One Who has brought about this incredible salvation for you, sits with you now, wanting to hear from you, speak to you (which He has been through these verses, telling you what He has done, Who He is, and where you are with Him), and be with you. What do you have to say to Him in light of these verses?
How do you want to live today in light of what He has done? Tell Him this. Ask for His help.
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from these texts you can take through your day? How can you remember it?
Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the love of Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together!