Run to the Cross: Week 5

April 11, 2022

Verses

Romans 10:9-10 (ESV)

“ If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

Acts 4:12 (NIV)

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved”

Devotion

Salvation is something many of us know when we first came to church. It is a familiar Christian jargon that we embraced when we first became Christians. Yet, how many of us truly understand what salvation means? In our Christian faith, our salvation journey begins even before we became Christians. When our Christian family and friends shared the gospel with us, it was one step towards knowing what the Christian faith is. When we prayed the sinner’s prayer, we took the step of faith to start our salvation journey as sons and daughters of God. 

Can we really be certain of our salvation after praying the sinner’s prayer? Maybe you too, have doubted your decision. The answer to the certainty of our salvation depends on our faith and conviction of what we believe in after becoming a Christian, according to the word of God.

Salvation is not based on our works but rather on the all sufficient sacrifice that Jesus made when he died on the cross 2000 years ago. God’s generous gift of eternal life is available to all people and done through faith. The Apostle Paul describes how we are saved by grace through faith in Ephesians 2:8. The salvation gift we received by grace through faith is definitely great news. Some Christians fearfully doubt that they are truly saved. They look away from Jesus, His cross and His empty tomb. 

Instead, they focus on their own sins and shortcomings and hopelessness inevitably creeps up. God does not want us to be hopeless or to fear our salvation. He assures us that Jesus has done everything necessary for our salvation. The power of the holy spirit gives us faith in Christ’s victory over sin. We are forgiven, saved and free. 

We can follow Jesus with steadfast commitment to love others and serve them. We can use our lives to share the good news. When our friends and family see how we live our lives, they will encounter the love and peace that the holy spirit has blessed us with. We can then share the good news with those who desperately need to listen to it. 

May we continue to ask God to bless us abundantly as we share his love to those around us. May the Lord bless us with wisdom as we share his good news to our friends and colleagues at work. It should be reiterated that salvation is a gift from God; We are not saved by works, like what is mentioned in Ephesians 2:8-9. Salvation is not earned by our merit. Salvation simply directs us to live a life that is different from who we once were. Our focus will no longer be on worldly pursuits but on Kingdom assignments. Our lives now will no longer be self-accountable but accountable to God the Father. We are now children of God, living according to standards set aside in the bible. 

The world will look at us differently.

The world ought to look at us differently. 

Prayer

Dear Lord, we thank you for your salvation.
We thank you it is not earned through our actions or our abilities.
We thank you that you have freely given to us when we came to pray and accept you as our Lord and Savior.
Lord, we pray that you will speak to each of us in how you want to work in our lives.
When we feel distracted by our idols and worldly obsessions, direct us to the things that matter to you.
We want to pray for a new spirit and a new revival in our land as we run and pray for our nations and friends.
Help us to encounter You as our Savior even as we live your truths.
Thank you for your word and we want to thank you for your love sacrifice on the cross this easter.
May we learn to run to the cross daily, take it up and follow you.
In Jesus’ name, we pray.
Amen.

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