The Romans Road
Mar. 31st, 2010
Rom. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is a familiar verse for those of us who have been Christians for awhile. Part of the Romans Road to salvation which includes: Rom. 3:23
For all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory; and Rom. 5:8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were yet sinners. And Rom. 10:9-10 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
Following the logic and instruction of these related passages, a person can rightly become a Christian. It seems rather simple really…is it? I wonder why so many want to make it so hard to be a believer. I wonder why for some there are all these additional rules and commands, and rituals, and “man-made” traditions that are added to the simple truth that all we really need to do is believe and confess. I’m troubled by my own past where I laid on myself and others stricter regulations for my behavior (and theirs) than seems to be required. Maybe I’m just getting older, maybe I’m slow to finally figure some things out…but it seems to me that believing in Jesus has set me free from a lot of “Church” or “”Christian”” junk that’s not really part of the equation.
I’m grateful to serve and be loved by a gracious bunch of folks who together are learning that our freedom in Christ is a very real thing. We don’t have to control everyone’s behavior, or use it to determine if someone is “in” or “out”. We don’t have to judge based on outward appearances, or “righteous” behavior. Heck, we don’t have to judge at all. We simply need to help each other as together we journey to Jesus.
God, I’m grateful for the teaching and training of my past that has enabled me to join you on this Romans Road to salvation. Help me continue to figure out what that means. Help me to make it easier for others to join me and you.