My friends, how I wish with all my heart that my own people might be saved! How I pray to God for them! I can assure you that they are deeply devoted to God; but their devotion is not based on true knowledge. They have not known the way in which God puts people right with himself, and instead, they have tried to set up their own way; and so they did not submit themselves to God’s way of putting people right. For Christ has brought the Law to an end, so that everyone who believes is put right with God. (verses 1-4)
Read Romans 10:1-13
We live in a syncretistic age where the common belief is this: There are many paths which lead to the same God. Don’t believe a word of it. Paul’s urgent tone today confirms the fact that many people are misled and on the wrong path. The mission of the church on earth is to proclaim the one and only right path to God.
It is one thing to be zealous for God. It is another to know that God is zealous for you. The truth is that Jesus is the only way to God. He is the ‘right’ path because he forgives the sins of and imparts God’s righteousness to all who believe in him. He has placed you on this path. Pray for those who have yet to be enlightened. Point them by your words and actions to Jesus—the right path.
Spirit of God, lead me on the path that Jesus has prepared for all people. Help me to be bold in proclaiming his promises to others. Amen.
by Simon Cooper, in ‘Renewed Hope for each Day’ (LCA, Openbook, 2000)
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