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.”

 

From Rev. Judith Bennett, Island Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Wheeling

 

One of the genetic traits that runs strongest in our family is that we have a song for everything. We all love to sing and if there’s not a song for a particular situation we’ll make one up as we go. As I read this passage this morning I find myself singing “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian in-a my heart.” And you know the rest – to be a Christian – to be more loving – and to be like Jesus. We have all the tools necessary to allow this to happen – all packaged up in a beautiful tool box. It’s near us, on us and in us. Without it we are nothing. With it we are saved as is everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord. So sing with me today. Sing whatever words that are on your lips and in your heart and that help you to confess boldly that Jesus is Lord!

 

 

O God help me to unashamedly confess that Jesus is Lord

and to share with others the promises of salvation.

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