Scripture: Romans 14:1-12
Key Verses: Romans 14:7-8 We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
Reflection: This is a powerful affirmation of faith. “If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. (14:8) That pretty much settles it! What can happen to you that falls outside of those parameters? Nothing. So we don’t live to ourselves, our life is lived out on a stage before the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. It’s crazy that we’re here on this ball, spinning in space. Let’s not forget that. We’re not in charge of anything, we’re entrusted with everything! So if we live with anxiety and fear, as if we don’t belong to God, we have forfeited the prime reason for our existence. We don’t live to ourselves, this isn’t about us. We’re not here to build up some big deal and hand it on to somebody else. We’re here to live unto the Lord. Even when we die, we die unto the Lord. So either way, we are the Lord’s. Have a good day!
Prayer: Why do I forget this, O Lord? What is it about us that we fail to live our lives in full response to your grace and majesty? Why do we narrow it all down and put it in such small boxes when it is so big and so grand and so wonderful. Why do we miss the whole point while we’re fumbling around with crumbs? I don’t know, but I acknowledge your name above all names and I pray for your kingdom to come and your will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven! In gratitude and in praise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Author: Steve Eason
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].