The Romans Road

Traveling down the Romans Road

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23 ESV

My pondering:

Its the best deal ever from the sorry shape we were born to. It truly is something, actually everything, for nothing. God just wants our love and commitment; which HE enables you and I to keep. We only need to accept and cherish the gift. Don’t be like the silly child who plays with the box and ignore the precious gift…of amazing grace.

We had NO part in being born into sin nor receiving it because it just happened. Sin is innate in being human in this fallen world.

But God made an escape which we had no part in creating either HOWEVER we a most certain part in receiving and cherishing it.

Happy resurrection day this Sunday and some great day in the future for me and hopefully you too!

The Lord is not slack… 2 Peter 3:9

My Pondering:

Serious Question: To all those who believe in a God who predestines people, His loving creation, to hell without a hope, without a chance of redemption, how does this verse fit into your theology?

Don’t take His patience as indifference. Time is just an odd thing. Before we know it, we will be in eternity where time will be at best much less relevant, if nonexistent. God is outside of time though He created it, along with space and matter. To Him, one day is a thousand years and a thousand is just one.

Follow Me – Luke 9:23-24

My Pondering

This is verse the opposite of what we get from the world.

How can less be more?

God wants, actually He demands, for us to be ‘all in’. He expects and deserves full 100% commitment.

Perhaps this little story will assist us,

Two animals, a chicken 🐔 and a pig 🐷 venture out and come across a restaurant who has a big sign displayed: WANTED BACON 🥓 & EGGS 🥚PAY TOP DOLLAR 💵. So the lil chicken 🐔 says, ‘that sounds good to me, I can spare a few eggs 🥚 🥚. How about you Mr Pig 🐷 ? Mr Pig says, “Wait just a minute. For you, it’s just a contribution for me, its all I got. No way.” That how some Christians act towards God. Part time, just giving when convenient.

Many Christians including yours truly often want just to contribute to God, giving to Him what’s convenient and easy. But He actually wants us to be all in, like the hog. When we give Him our all, He promises the miraculous to happen.

Case in point, when our dear Savior got up on that old rugged cross and offered up Himself, God the Father made the amazing happen. When we give fully, God blesses fully and then some.

As Jim the missionary said,

“When we give what we can not keep

we gain what we can not lose,”

Jim

When we are obedient for Christ’s sake, when we take up our cross daily by bearing our burdens and other people’s too, with love, joy and peace, then are transcend into a special place, rare air. When we do that daily, consistently carrying our cross into the mundaneness and grind of daily living, everyday miracles are present. And we are sowing seed into eternity.

Ultimately, we each must willingly decrease our old selves, so that the Spirit of God may increase.

Less of me, more of Him.

In the world but not of the world.

Greater is He that is in me!

My Prayer

Lord, You got this. Help me to leave the worst of me for the best of You. Like Baptism, death to the old man, life to the new. By You, I am true.

P.S.

If you by chance did notice, this verse started with “He said to them all”. John 3:16 tells us Christ died for all. Hey good news, that includes you too! But you must choose to receive the great gift 🎁. No day like today. No time like now.

God, being rich in mercy… Ephesians 2:4-6

My Pondering

God is love. This is love in action. By one man, we all fell down. By one man, the God man, we who believe and have faith, were raised us up and have been seated with Christ. Can you imagine that?

This has positionally been done. Someday, it shall be physically done in our new and improved Heavenly super bodies.

Yeah, He did that. He is doing that. And He most certainly shall do that.

IF, huge two letter word, you simply acknowledge your condition being worldly ensnared in sin, affirm your Savior’s gospel deed, and willfully accept Jesus as Christ of your life.

  • Acknowledge
  • Affirm
  • Accept

I did that back on September 9th, 1995. How about you?

If not yet, then this next verse could be for you.

For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you.

On the day of salvation, I helped you.”

Indeed, the “right time” is now.

Today is the day of salvation.

2nd Corinthians 6:2

My prayer

Thank YOU for taking the initiative to save my soul. Thank YOU for making a way when there was none. Thank YOU for your love.

Your turn

What say you, dear reader?