Scripture: Romans 1:16-25
Key verses: (16-17) For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.
Reflection: God is worthy of our trust. When we trust God we will turn away from lesser gods. That is a central theme for the book of Romans but also for us during this season of Lent. We must trust in God to believe that God will offer grace. As much as we hear about grace, love, and the forgiveness of God, we struggle to believe it. We are into the journey of Lent and many of us have taken on some type of Lenten challenge. We like Lent because it gives us a structure for how to behave. It is critical that we find our trust in God because this journey of Lent has less to do with us and all to do with God.
Acceptance for who we are, right where we are — that is harder to digest. So we work hard at Lent and we forget the gospel message. Paul boldly proclaims that, through the gospel, God’s righteousness is revealed. It is not about us. It is never about us. The good news of salvation reveals to us the righteousness of God expressed through faithfulness. We are in the equation, but it is still about God. Paul reminds us that the gospel is the ultimate expression of God’s power and commitment to reclaim the whole world.
God is worthy of our trust. Having received the love of God that comes in Jesus Christ, we respond to God out of love and gratitude. (Still not about us.)
Prayer: Renew me today, God, in the image of your love. Grant me your grace and may all I do be out of gratitude. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[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].