September 28, 2019
Scripture: Romans 6:22
But now that you have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, you have the consequence of a holy life, and the outcome is eternal life.
Thought for the Day: Set free and enslaved…it’s a bit strange if you think about it. Yet this unique and somewhat odd combination produces a holy life that results in eternal life. So often we move from point A to point D, without recognition of B & C. The first and last are gifts, but the two middle carry with them responsibility. Once again, it emphasizes God as the first actor and the final word. We did not conjure up the idea of forgiveness of sin or create the hope of eternal life. Those are God’s doing, but between God’s giving is the human response. There in the middle is a choice to serve God (to follow intently and humbly) and to live a holy life (to be like God/Jesus). No matter our success or failure in the areas entrusted to us, God remains faithful with the beginning and end. Maybe that’s the reason God is called the Alpha and Omega (basically the A and the Z in the Greek alphabet).
Prayer: Where you have acted with immeasurable love, O God, I give you thanks. Where I have a task to do, I pray for that love to encourage and inspire me. Though I have responsibility, it sure feels as if you are doing all the heavy lifting. Amen.
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