Read Romans 4.1-5, 13-17

What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh?  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.   For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”  Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due.  But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.  For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
 If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.  For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.  For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) –in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.”


From Rev. Aaron Watkins, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Bluefield

                As I was praying and studying this passage, I was struck by verse five.   It is indeed a blessing these days to have employment, and those who work should feel blessed. When we work, we do it in order to have income.  Paul in this passage contrasts faith with works.  For Paul, faith means that the one who exercises it receives a righteous standing from God.  By faith, God helps us do jobs that are too big for us.  By faith, we put our trust in Him.  This Lenten season, let us be reminded that nothing is too big, too much, or too overwhelming for God to accomplish in our lives.

You, O God, are ready to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

Thank you for your gracious gift in Christ Jesus.