Before we got it together

Date: Tuesday, January 21

ScriptureRomans 5:6-11

Verse: But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

We are in award show season. We have already seen the People’s Choice Awards, and Golden Globes, and soon the Oscars, Grammys, and it seems many, many more will be upon us. Some winners appear genuinely surprised and overwhelmed when they come to the podium after their name is called. I always like seeing that. There is something pure and honest about those who are moved when they are recognized of being worthy of the honor.

When it comes to our lives, we know we are not worthy of the tremendous gift we have received through Christ Jesus our Lord. I have met many who struggle to believe it is really for them. Sure, they feel, they cannot be included in God’s love and grace because they know all of the bad thoughts, feelings, and actions that have been part of their lives. We have broken commandments, inflicted pain on others, and generally have not lived up to the expectations of God.

Yet today’s scripture tells us Jesus died for us “while we still were sinners.” In other words, Jesus gave himself up for us not for a time in the future when we will figure it out and get our act together, but for us now in the mess of our lives. We are not God’s children when things get better. We are God’s children now, and when we give ourselves to him, he will make it better.

Like the actor at the podium, you may feel undeserving. God knows you are, we all are, and has died for us anyway. This gift is not for someone else. It is for you!

Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving your life up for me. Amen.

Action: As you watch the awards shows, take note of those who seem genuinely surprised. Let it remind you of the great gift you have received in Christ Jesus.

Respond: What actors/musicians/athletes seem the most genuinely surprised to be counted among the best? 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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