Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Today’s Reading - Romans 2

Prayer Focus - Pray the verse or idea that spoke to you today over your life.

Verse

5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. - Romans 2:5-8

Meditation

Several years ago the Salvation Army adopted a new slogan or motto, “Doing the most good.” It speaks of their general philosophy of finding any and every way to help people. It is not a theological statement but a statement of practice. We are all to do good things without falling into the false understanding of works righteousness. The context of this passage is the final judgment of God where there will be a great separation. It is not a popular subject to talk about but a necessary one because we want to be on the positive side of eternal life and not the wrath and anger side. We must first do the good thing of following Christ as both Savior, He saves us from our sin, and Lord, He directs our lives, and out of that relationship follows good works. One cannot do good seeking glory, honor and immortality without first having a relationship with Christ. Paul clearly differentiates between doing good for God’s sake and self-seeking good. The two make look similar but there is an eternity of difference between them. God’s repayment plan is predicated on first following Christ then doing work for the sake of the kingdom which flows naturally out of our relationship, not legally out of a sense of duty. We are first a people of relationship. That is our priority. And then, we bear fruit in the form of good works as a result of our transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. We bear fruit out of our relationship with Christ just as a tree bears fruit out of relationship with the soil, water and sun. Disciples bear fruit and with maturity comes much fruit.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, may who we are be seen in our relationship with you and what we do be a natural outflow of the gift of relationship. Lead us away from the trap of doing good things for our own sake and falsely calling it honorable but lead us to the things of importance to your kingdom which point people to your Son. Forgive us for being self-seeking in any way. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.