DEVOTION – DAY 44
Romans 3:23 – “We have all sinned”
Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
My earliest memory of the truth of this verse was when I was very young. Someone had given us a tin of chocolates. My mother did not want us to eat chocolates before dinner thinking it would spoil our appetites. But I could not resist. When she was not looking, I quietly opened the tin and ate one of the chocolates. I knew what I did was wrong and that I would be punished if I was caught.
Years later, someone shared with me the gospel message. It began with
- Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned”.
- Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death.”
- Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.”
But simply knowing and agreeing to these 3 facts of salvation that forms the gospel message is not enough. In addition to knowing and agreeing to these facts, we must trust in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternal life with God. In order to be saved, I knew I must believe in these facts about Jesus and also trust that only Jesus can save me from my sins. Belief and trust in Jesus are important for the Bible tells us in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
We have come across people who thought they were Christians because their parents were Christians. They attended Sunday School as children and they knew all the Bible stories. They had heard the gospel message many times and could even recite John 3:16. They knew the gospel message and even agreed with the facts but they never asked how it affected them personally. They never made a personal commitment to trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They never trusted personally in His work on the cross. When we encounter such people, we quickly help them to make that personal decision to place their trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. God has given you the responsibility and privilege to talk to your children and or grandchildren about their saving faith. They may think they are already Christians but have they made that personal confession of faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior? Will you help them to make that personal decision to believe and trust in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross? This is the best gift you can ever give them. Will you do that?
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us so much that whilst we were still sinners, your Son, our Lord Jesus died for our sins on the cross and that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. We pray that all our loved ones will put their faith and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. In Jesus Christ’ precious name we pray. Amen.
- Who has God impressed upon your heart to share the gospel message this week and are you willing to share the gospel with him or her?
- Have you shared the gospel message with your children and/or grandchildren?
- Why is it important to admit we are sinners in need of a Savior? Discuss.
- Why is it important that we believe in Jesus Christa s our personal Savior and Lord? Discuss.