Monday, September 22, 2008

Great Words from Romans

Reading through Romans right now, Message translation, and was overwhelmed with gratitude again...(Romans 5:1-2)

By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that's not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

Did you catch that?
1) We have it together with God because of our Master Jesus: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. That never gets old.
2) We throw open our hearts to God only to find out that He's already thrown open His heart to us. Let us never forget that it was God who made the first move to save us. He sought us and loved us when we were at our worst.
3) We find ourselves living in GRACE - recipients of God's grace. This is one word that will never get old...GRACE. Grace is God's way of paying our sentence, of substituting His Son Jesus in our place to receive the punishment that we deserved.
4) Our response to all of this? Standing tall and shouting our praise.

I am sinful, prone to wander, prone to selfishness, prone to temptation, pride, and guilty of so much more. And yet, day after day, God keeps giving life, eternal and ever-living life. It is an amazing thing to be captured by the love and grace of God. My response? To please Him, serve Him and do whatever I can to follow Him. Not because I have to, but because of what He's done for me. It's a love response.

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