Date: Friday, February 7
Scripture: Romans 10:5-13
Verse: because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Many of us have been influenced by people paying us lip-service. We have purchased warranties counting on the promise of the manufacturer being on our side, only to learn later about fine print voiding the warranty when we need it most. We have been lured into relationships with smooth-talkers who later show their true colors. We have heard politicians promise the moon to get in office, but never follow once there. We have had friends tell us one thing, and then say something completely different behind our backs. We are not interested in those who just tell us what we want to hear. We want them to back it up with their actions.
I have sometimes heard today’s verse, and those surrounding it, presented as a formula for getting to heaven, but I’m not so sure that is actually what Paul has in mind. Rather than this being a way of checking off a couple of boxes on a heavenly to-do list, the Bible is encouraging us to trust God with our whole being. It is not simply about what we say we believe, or what we tell other people. Our faith is about how we live. The promise of salvation is open to all who will put their trust in Jesus, and receive the gift he is offering.
God is not looking simply for a group of yes-men and yes-women who will say the right things. He is instead offering to change us from the inside out, have us live with transformed hearts in the world around us. When we do, we will be saved.
Prayer: Thank you, O God, for the gift of salvation found in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Action: Consider what it means to live life with the knowledge that God raised Jesus from the dead.
Respond: What is the most obvious lip-service you have ever received? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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