Date: Thursday, August 28
Scripture: Romans 5:1-11
Verse: We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, and we boast in the hope of God’s glory. (Romans 5:2)
Ron Popeil was an inventor and salesman who mastered and popularized the infomercial. Who else could have sold us the Pocket Fisherman, the Inside-the-Shell Egg Scrambler, and the Chop-O-Matic? His company, Ronco, was sold in 2005 for a reported $55 million. Popeil was fond of saying things like, “How much would you pay?” and “But wait! There’s more!” Yes, it was boastful, but he had reason to boast. His products seemed to always be able to do more.
In her commentary about today’s passage, Mary Hinkle Shore writes:
Paul’s rhetoric here resembles the late night infomercial. Through Jesus Christ, we have peace with God. We also have access to the grace in which we stand. But wait! There’s more! We have the hope of sharing in God’s glory. We boast in this hope, recognizing that it exists side by side with suffering (see her post on the Working Preacher website).
It is this hope which causes us to boast, or rejoice! We know that beyond all of the suffering we may endure, there is something greater. Jesus suffered in a way we can hardly imagine, and there was new life after that. This is our hope and it is cause for celebrating.
Sometimes it is pretty easy to lose our perspective in the midst of difficult times. In today’s passage, Paul reminds us all of those struggles are leading us somewhere, they are producing eternal characteristics in us. Yes, we have to endure hardships, but there is restoration, renewal, resurrection to come. One day we will bask in God’s glory in all its fullness. This is our hope for the future, and it changes our present.
Prayer: Teach me, O God, to see beyond my present struggles to the hope you have brought and are bringing in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Action: Take a look at some of the Ronco
Respond: Have you ever bought something from an infomercial? Did it live up to its sales pitch?
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