Thursday, March 23

Romans 5:6-11 (ESV)

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.  11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

“While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Think about that for a minute.  Christ died for us while we were still sinning:  He wasn’t waiting for us to get it together, be perfect or do good works.  You see, what Christ did on the cross has everything to do with WHO Christ is, not what we do.

Our salvation is not because of things we have done or will do; it is about what Christ was willing to do for us.  In our society, everything is about us—we live in a ‘me-centered’ world where everything is all about us all the time.  We even tend to talk about our salvation in terms of what we did—we accepted Jesus, we asked Jesus to be in our hearts, we turned to the Lord.  We can mistakenly put the focus on what we did rather than what He did.

We would never be able to accept Jesus, ask Him to be in our hearts or turn to Him if He didn’t first draw us to Himself.  It starts with Jesus, not the other way around. Jesus wants all people to come into His saving grace.  He is the one who saves and He doesn’t want anyone to perish.

It starts with Jesus, but it doesn’t end there.  Jesus wants us to share with others what He has done for us.  Who do you know that could benefit from the love and grace of Christ?  Who is struggling and would benefit from experiencing the abiding presence of the Lord?  Who is stressed out and would benefit from experiencing His peace that passes all understanding?

Lord, show us who you are drawing to yourself and give us boldness to share what you have done in our lives.  Let us be a link in the chain that helps others come into your saving embrace.  Amen.

 

 

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