July 30, 2009

Not Because of Works but Because of His Call

No excuses, I'm just going to move on. I last left off in Romans chapter 9, talking about the fact that Paul would die for his "kinsman." Paul continues to clarify that, although God's promise was for the Jews, not all Jews are chosen. Down in verse 11 something caught my eye to write quickly today. "though the (Jacob & Esau) were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad - in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of His call..." God's calling has been for all time and is not based on our works.

I'm really struggling with my own spiritual life because I'm focusing so much on my sins and on the lack of service. While these things are serious concerns, my salvation is not from these things, only evidenced by them. And, while there is not a lot of good evidence in my life, and that is scary, dwelling solely on my sin does not help me move forward and live for the glory of God.

I keep writing about the importance of God's word. Read it. Study it. Apply it. Live it. It's been some time since I last read or wrote and this mornings reading just made me feel closer and more connected to God again. Nothing I've done can or has earned me salvation, as I am a wretched person full of sin. Thanks be to God for the gift of His son Jesus, for the payment made on my behalf. My sins are forgiven by the blood of Christ. I now have the freedom to live my life to the glory of God the Father and Creator, the Almighty King over all, the Ruler over Heaven and of Earth, the One who will defeat Satan and destroy him armies.

Praise God for His Power over Sin, over Death, and over The Evil One's grip.
Praise God for His Glory and Grace.