July 25, 2014

romans5-20

Numbers 20:1-13; Romans 5:12-21; Matthew 20:29-34

My first car was a land yacht: a large and heavy 1968 Chrysler 300. One of my friends talked me into driving through an orange grove where we could swim and take oranges. The problem was that the road consisted of sugar sand. We got stuck up to the wheel wells. Not only did we have to call for a tow truck, but my dad made me call the grove owner and apologize for trespassing on his property.

No one likes to get caught in their sin. We would rather that no one would find out about our trespasses. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans, that there is a remedy for our many trespasses. That remedy is God’s grace, but it is a remedy that is not automatic. Death automatically came in from the first trespass to this very day. Yet, grace comes only through Jesus and believing in him and accepting God’s free gift. It is not automatic, it is invitational.

So, remember to accept the gift of grace and live as a justified person, because that is what he makes you in Christ.

Prayer: Holy God, make me holy through your grace in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley,
Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Faith, NC.

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