What I read today;
Romans 1; Matthew 1; Isaiah 1; Job 1; Joshua 1; Genesis 1
A couple of weeks ago, I found a small kitten that had wandered into our yard. He was sick and dirty. You could see he hadn’t eaten much, he was just skin and bones. When I opened the back door of the house, the little kitten ran towards me as if he knew that he had found a place of shelter. Over the next couple of hours, my wife and I decided to rescue him and not take him to the animal shelter. That night we took him to a local vet who cleaned him up and got him some medicine. The vet couldn’t tell if his exact age, but he believed he was somewhere between 8 and 12 weeks old.
My wife named him Loki, the God of Mischief. He’s always into something. Our Scott Terrier thinks we should take him back. Our schnauzer sometimes wants to play with him, other times wants us to take him back.
The thing is, I’ve never seen an animal who acted more grateful. The cat always wants on your lap. Loki purrs constantly. It’s like he understands that if we had left him outside, eventually he would have died.
In Romans 1 vs.16-17, you get the sense that Paul feels the same way about God. Paul understood that he had been saved by Jesus power, and now he wore that salvation like a badge of honor. In that sense of gratitude Paul proclaimed;
“16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.” NRSV
Paul had a sober view of who he was and what God had done for him. Paul was a murder and a persecutor of the early Christian church. But Jesus had reached out of heaven and grabbed him. Now he would do everything in his power to proclaim the good news that Jesus Christ was the Savior of mankind. That God’s grace was available to all, who would simply turn to Christ and trust him.
Sometimes we take for granted how much God has done for us. We mouth the words in a hollow exercise and then go on about our business. Often the insanity of our day to day lives gets in the way of the joy we should feel. When that moment occurs, turn back to the scriptures and read what Paul said in Romans 1. Meditate on the words of the simple truth that the Gospel is the power of God! Relive all that Jesus has done for you.