Monday, March 04, 2013

Monday, March 04, 2013

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 7:1-15
Morning Psalms: Psalms 80
New Testament: Romans 4:1-12
Gospel: John 7:14-36
Evening Psalms: Psalms 77, 79

DEVOTIONAL


I thoroughly enjoy, take delight in, and give thanks for the truth that is expressed in Paul’s writing. When I read today’s passage in Romans, I am drawn to these words,

“Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him
as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who
does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked,
his faith is credited as righteousness.”
(Romans 4:4-5)
 
In these verses, Paul illustrates the difference between faith and work by describing the process of employment. An employer does not call an employee’s wages a gift; instead, the workers earn what they receive. The wages are the agreed-upon amount, not a gift.

In contrast to the wage earner are the sinners who trust in God. These people do not work—in other words, they have come to God because of faith alone. Yet these people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work. Hallelujah!!! If I could earn right standing with God by my works (doing good, obeying the law), salvation wouldn’t be free; it would be God’s obligation, like payment for my efforts.

In the Newsboys song You Are My King, part of the lyrics say, “Amazing love, how can it be That You, my King, should die for me?” During this season of Lent, I thank God for His gift of grace and for my acceptance of it.  
RPL


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