Monday, July 16, 2018
Romans 10:11-13: For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
We love God's Word in Action. It is THE ONE medium that communicates the work of God in you. The Word simple tells us:
God through the Holy Spirit reaches out to you in order to give to you a gift. I'll tell you what the gift is later. For now, know this: God calls out to you through His Word. It doesn't matter what you ethnicity is, or your gender, or your age. God calls out to you for one MOST IMPORTANT THING.
The gift that God wants you to have is salvation. Salvation from what? Salvation from yourself and your sins. You may, or may not, realize this. YOU ARE STUCK IN A RUT. The rut is sin. Sin simply means to miss the mark of obeying the Law of God perfectly. You and I will never do the Law of God perfectly. It is impossible. Human nature cannot please God, will not know God, and will not be like God. It cannot happen. That is sin. Without Jesus, you are stuck in the rut of sin. And you will be forever in hell without God.
So what gift does God give? God gives salvation from sin through what Jesus Christ for you, on you behalf. Jesus Christ, Son of Man and Son of God, is the ONLY perfect man capable for fulfilling God's Word perfectly. Jesus did to bestow His perfect obedience to you. Jesus is also the perfect sacrifice of body and blood that was broken and shed so that you would be forgiven and saved. Through Jesus you now have a new life. So God called you so that you would know and receive the salvation that God gave to you through Jesus and what He did. SO...
It's a simple action, really. Believing is an act of trust, faith, and acceptance. God has laid out salvation. Jesus is the perfect obedience. Jesus is your salvation from your sin. He is the way out of your rut. Jesus died in order to lift you up out of darkness into His marvelous light. Jesus rose to give to you the promise of new life both now and forever. This is what happens when you believe.
God, You are awesome and great, mighty to save abounding with steadfast love. We sin a lot. It's the rut that we're born into. It's the rut in which we're stuck. We confess that we are sinful and that we need your salvation. And thank You, for give it us. We are eternally grateful for all You have done for us. Lead us to believe in Your salvation more fully and to what in Your ways. We pray in the name of Jesus, Amen!
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.