October 22 (Romans 3:22)
We are made right with God by placing our
faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter
who we are. (NLT)
Romans 1:5 says that we have the privilege and authority to tell people what God has done for us, and Romans 3:22 makes it perfectly clear what that is. We are made right with God, not by following rituals or procedures or trying really hard to be good. We are made right, justified, with God by putting our faith in Jesus.
So what does that mean? People talk about it all the time, but what does it actually mean? Just a few verses later in Romans 3:25 we get the answer. “People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.” We must believe that Jesus Christ voluntarily sacrificed His life for us and that He shed His blood as a sacrifice to cover our sins and make us pure and holy in God’s sight. That’s it. That is what it means to place our faith in Him. That is what it means to be made right with God. That is what it means to accept the gift of eternal life.
And as the verse for today concludes, this is true for everyone. It is true for Jews and Muslims. It is true for people who live in the country and people who live in the city. It is true for those who grew up in Christian homes but never really believed and for those who have not once heard the name of Christ. The offer is there for every single person…either to accept or to reject.
Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for my sins with His own life and blood. There is nothing that could possibly repay such a gift, so may my life be a fulfillment of Jesus’s command to take this message everywhere. In His holy name I pray. Amen.
Copyright © 2017 by Steven R. Perkins