A change of heart

Date: Saturday, January 11

ScriptureRomans 2:17-29

Verse: Rather, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and real circumcision is a matter of the heart—it is spiritual and not literal. Such a person receives praise not from others but from God. (Romans 2:29)

During football season, especially now that the playoffs have begun, it is fun to see all the Broncos jerseys, hats, coats, shirts, mugs, etc. During the Christmas season I saw a boy of about 7 with a Santa hat in orange and blue with the Broncos logo on it! But even the nicest jersey doesn’t make one a member of the Denver Broncos. The same is true for all the stickers, shirts, jewelry, tattoos, and whatever else we do to show others we are Christians. 

Paul’s words here in Romans 2, about what makes someone Jewish, apply as much today to the Christian community in the 21st century as they did to the Jewish community in the first. It is not enough to simply say you’re Jewish, Paul is saying, you have to live it. For Paul it was about lineage and circumcision, for us its bumper stickers and bracelets. Our faith isn’t something external – like something we can wear. Instead, it shines from the inside. How we treat others says far more about us than lugging around an extra large Bible. 

There is nothing wrong with our Christian stickers, shirts, and the rest of it. I like the ichthus fish I have on my motorcycle. But I cannot rely on that to replace a living relationship with Jesus Christ. I know my faith has to be lived from the inside out. I have to have had a change of heart. 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, let my life be my bumper sticker. Amen. 

Action: Proudly wear your Broncos paraphernalia, and allow it to remind you how your relationship with Christ is much deeper than the one you have with the Broncos. 

Respond: Will the Broncos beat the Chargers tomorrow? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. 
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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