Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Psalm 49-50; Romans 1
1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.
11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles. (Romans 1:1-13, Common English Bible)
“You are among the Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.” Paul may have written this letter to the Church in Rome but it can also be said it is written to you and me. Paul is opening with words claiming the Gentiles, we would be considered Gentiles, are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
I love the idea that you and I are called to belong to Jesus. As people of faith, I think we all know, we are called to be part of the Body of Christ.
Still, we are not all who are called. There were, and still are, Gentiles who did not believe or accept Jesus Christ, whether they belong to him, or not.
Paul goes on to say that the faith of the Romans was known all over the world. As we read those words, it seems to me, we need to read them for us as well. If we belong to Jesus, we are people who are also called to let the world know we too are people who have faith known to the world. We do so when we share our faith, share our stories with the people God brings across our paths.
I am thankful I belong to Jesus. Lord Jesus, help me be faithful that the world may come to know you.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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