Devotion for September 30, 2023

“The promise is not only for those people that live under the law of Moses. It is for anyone who lives with faith like Abraham.” (Romans 4:16, ICB)

No matter who you are and no matter what you’ve done, God loves you and wants you to come home to Him. He wants to shower His grace on you. He wants to throw a party for you when you return.

The Bible says in Romans 4:16, “The promise is not only for those people that live under the law of Moses. It is for anyone who lives with faith like Abraham” (ICB).

The apostle Paul is saying that, in the Old Testament, the Jewish people (the nation of Israel) lived under the Law of Moses. But Abraham, who became known as the father of faith, came into God’s grace by faith — continuing to hope against all hopelessness — and that same grace is available to anyone today when they place their faith in Jesus Christ.

That was amazing news then, and it is amazing news now! All of us can come to God through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ.

Does “everybody” include short and tall people? Yes. Does it mean rich people and poor people? Yes. Does it include politicians and blue-collar workers? Yes. Does it include people from every ethnic background? Yes. Does it mean people from every country in the world? Yes. Does it mean people who go to church every Sunday? Yes. Does it mean people who have never even seen a Bible? Yes.

God’s grace is available to you no matter what — despite your secret sins, your faults, and your weaknesses. When you accept Jesus into your life, God’s grace is at work when you’re walking closely with him, but also when you feel far from him.

When the Bible says that God’s grace is available to all, it gives no preconditions. The heart of Christianity — the heart of God’s grace — is this: When God sent His Son to die on a cross, He did it for everyone.

Think about this truth: As you go about your day today, you’ll never set eyes on someone who Jesus didn’t die for. And that includes the person you see in the mirror every day!

Prayer

Lord, I thank You for sending Your Son to save us! I thank You for the mercy and grace You give me each day, forgiving me when I have failed and return back to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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