Scripture: Romans 10:6-13
Key verses: (6-13) But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down)
7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 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. 10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11 The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13 For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Reflection: Faith is not simple. First, we have to admit we need to be transformed and that someone greater will have to take the lead. We cannot save ourselves. I need God. We need GOD.
Faith is not just about being “good enough”. I think we all struggle with the voices that challenge us to be the best. With faith, we also have those voices that challenge us to be the best at being good. Our children and youth sometimes see faith as a journey to be “good” and they are rarely told they are enough. I once heard someone tell a youth that being “enough” means you are not trying hard.
Let’s be honest with each other. We are broken. We are racist. We mess up. Maybe I should not use “we”, in this sentence but own it. I am broken friends. I am a racist in so many ways I think about life and I am working hard to be anti-racist. I have messed up, I mess up and I am going to mess up. I need JESUS!
Jesus is the one through whom God brings abundant life and joy. Jesus brings the love of God’s rule into our lives and can be a step toward that freedom and transformation. Let’s be loud in calling on the name of the Lord today and every day.
Prayer: God, who is bigger than we can ever imagine, we need You. Guide us to think BIG and NEW with a faithful heart and powerful imagination. God you are BIGGER than our plan, our hopes and dreams. Make us one with your mission and empower us by your Holy Spirit as we follow your son into this amazing new world. 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].