Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Romans 10-11.
“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:12-13
So far in Romans we have seen that salvation is not of our works but a result of faith in the work of Christ. Paul spent the first eight chapters explaining that salvation is by faith alone. Salvation is offered to everyone, ‘there is no distinction between Jew and Greek’ (Rom. 10:12). While salvation is offered to all, it is the one ‘who calls on the name of the Lord’ that will be saved (Rom. 10:13).
Salvation is offered freely to all. But to be saved each person must, in faith, call upon the name of the Lord.
Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes from hearing the word of Christ. This means that followers of Jesus cannot live in faith or share their faith without the word of Jesus. We must meditate on the Word of God as often as we can (Psalm 1) and when (no if) we share the good news of the gospel to others, let us share the word of Christ not our own word. Paul asks how we will preach if we are not sent. Brothers and sisters, we have been sent by Jesus as missionaries into the world.
When and how did God bring you to salvation? Think about your salvation story for a minute and praise God for His work of salvation in your life.
How often do you read the Word of God? Make space in your daily routine to hear from the word of Christ.
When was the last time you shared the gospel with someone? Ask the Lord to open your eyes to opportunities around you to do this. Remember, you have been sent.
Tomorrows Deeply Rooted Devotion will be from Romans 11-12.