Man, God sure has a way of wrecking me, and I am not complaining. When I say wrecking, I mean this: I’m like a building that is being built, but my foundation is faulty. I could keep getting built up, but eventually I’d crash and be destroyed. However, if the foundation is solidified, I can continue to be built up and remain strong and sturdy. It’s basically the wise and foolish man in Matthew.
What is bringing this on? I spent about two hours with a cup of french pressed coffee and music playing softly on my Mac with a Bible open to Romans. By the time I was about 25% of the way through, I was wrecked. It’s not an easy book to read. If anything, it reminded me how much I needed a Savior. I am the sinner mentioned in the first chapter, the Gentile mentioned throughout the book. But PRAISE GOD I have His law written on my heart.
Romans references a lot of the Old Testament as Paul writes to the Roman church. I was wrecked when he wrote of Abraham being righteous first and then circumcised. As an adult, God asked him to humiliate himself by becoming circumcised. Ouch. Paul also talks about us, whether or not we are circumcised physically, as being circumcised spiritually. As Abraham was justified by faith, so are we. It’s through our faith that our works come. “If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise void.” (Romans 4:14) I can do nothing to be saved. HALLELUJAH! “Christ died for the ungodly” (5:6) and I’m so thankful He did. I say hallelujah because I am so unworthy to be counted as a coheir with Christ, but that’s the beauty of grace. It’s grace through faith that I, a sinner of sinners, is saved. If anything, Romans has taught me that I am far from perfect, and still GOD CHOSE ME!
I know in the past I haven’t really talked much about my faith. It’s as though I were ashamed of the gospel, but not anymore! Jesus saved me. He has written His law (the law of Grace) on my heart and separated me from my sin as far as the east is from the west. And I am to be a servant to all as He was.
so what does that mean for me today? Well, I am to submit myself to all authority as it is God given. Even “godless” rulers have been appointed by God. For some, that’s hard to fathom. Why would a God, who is good, appoint an “evil” ruler and expect us to submit ourselves to their authority? Maybe it’s judgment, maybe it’s as a trial, but either way, they are appointed by God. Ultimately, it’s His law that reigns, and his law is one of grace and servanthood. All praise be to Him! There is NOTHING that can separate us from Him!
I really can’t put the words to the amazingness of God. I try, but ultimately I fail, and I’m way ok with that. I find that, by spending only a portion of time in Romans, I am thoroughly amazed that He chose to graft me in to His people. I wasn’t raised as a Jew, but as a gentile. I have no qualms eating pork products or shellfish, but I know that when I’m at work with a family who follows the Halal diet, i’m not going to eat a loaded baked potato with bacon bits in front of them, nor will i bring liquor into their home (even if cooked) because I don’t want to be a stumbling block to them. Paul advocates this. I don’t want to be a stumbling block to my brothers and sisters. Nor do I want to condemn them. I want all that I do to proceed from my faith, my relationship with Christ. I want too build up others and serve so that through my humiliation, God can be present. It’s not my place to judge. it’s my place to love and to serve. HALLELUJAH!
I’ve decided that by deleting Facebook, I’m stepping away from “the world” and stepping another step into His kingdom. Hallelujah! I have no regrets about my decision. I no longer want the approval of man but of God. Don’t get me wrong. I love compliments, but I don’t want that to be the reasoning behind what I do. I don’t want to act on the favor of my friends or family, but on the approval of God. Ultimately, I’ll stand before Him for judgment, not my friends. Hallelujah. I have no fear of that day.
Friends, I don’t want to be a hypocrite, but inevitably I will fall. As long as I’m alive, my flesh will fail, but PRAISE GOD, I’m no longer a slave to sin, but a slave to righteousness. I will not apologize for my faith, but I pray i will continue to grow in it and speak his name to all people. PRAISE BE TO GOD!
I’m really excited. can you tell? Also, my computer is about to die if I don’t plug it in. So my rambling is done……..