Read Romans 10:1-13 

                          

Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.  I can testify that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened.  For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness.  For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

 

Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.”  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) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

 

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); 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. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.  The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”

 

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. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”   (NRSV)

 

from Rev. Andrea Brownlee -Big Run Christian Church & Fork Ridge Christian Church  (Disciples of Christ), Cameron

 

            “Justified” and “saved” are words we often hear in Christian circles. Depending upon where you live, you might hear them more or less often than others. When I began seminary many people asked me to share my faith journey, not much salvation talk. When I received the call for my first church many people asked me to tell them my story of salvation.

            Some people have stories of great struggle, which eventually lead to great triumph, realizing that Jesus is Lord.  Others have grown up in the faith.  In either case, the fact remains that when we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, we are truly ready for something to happen.

            We all have different stories, we all have different backgrounds, but one things remains: the same Lord is Lord of all.   In this Lenten season let us not forget that if we confess with our mouth what we believe in our heart, everything else will fall into place on its own.

 

God, Lord of all, give us the courage

to proclaim what we believe in our hearts.

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