Is the power of God something we can experience in and through our seemingly insignificant lives? What even is the power of God? What does it look like? What does it sound like?
We will dive into each of these questions in this seven-day journey. Some briefly, and others more in depth. But before we can dive into those topics, we first have to ask ourselves a different, yet extremely relevant question: Is Jesus really my LORD?
Take a minute to read Romans 8:1-17. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through His word.
Abounding grace. This is how Paul begins this overwhelmingly convicting passage in the book of Romans. Jesus Christ has set us FREE from the law of sin and death by His finished work on the cross. We no longer have to bow down to the crippling weight of sin, but we can walk—run with eyes forward, gazing upon Jesus and rejoicing in the freedom we have because of His sacrifice.
Take a second and be honest with yourself. Are you living life with eyes fixed upon Him? Or are you looking inward, too self-absorbed with pride or shame to even notice that you are living in such a way that is hostile to God (v. 7)? If we’re honest, we are more than likely to say we are living according the flesh. Why? Paul puts it well earlier in Romans as he says, “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…for I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out” (Romans 7:15,18). Relatable, right? As harsh as that seems, we must take a real, hard look at our lives and recognize the reality of our sinful nature that tries to keep us captive, which none are above, and the sweet dependance we have upon our savior that lived sinlessly on our behalf. Thanks be to God; Jesus Christ is the key that has taken off the chains that once bound us.
So, this leads us to ponder the question of how to move forward. As Christ followers, how do we run in freedom rather than choosing to stay in our jail cell of sin, as if trapped, when in reality there are no chains or doors keeping us captive? We know that we are completely unable to live life according to the Spirit on our own. Scripture says that we are free and there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. But to what end? What is the proper response to this? The ONLY proper response to this is for Christ to be Lord over your life.
Read over verse 15-17 again.
This is a minute by minute, second by second thing that we, along with the help of the Holy Spirit must remind ourselves who we live for: our Abba!
We will mess up. We will forget to turn our gaze from ourselves to Christ. But this is why Paul began with the theme of abounding grace. Because we get to view our lives in light of the Gospel, knowing He looks upon us with a forgiving gaze for our past and our future. Does that mean we go on to mindlessly sin? Absolutely not. The Gospel should lead us to a heart of loving obedience. We recognize our sin, we see the grace offered to us, and we fall on our knees in humble reverence of this awesome act.
Christ indeed is Lord and worthy of our praise.
- How does the gospel change your outlook on life?
- How will you remind yourself that you are an heir of Christ and make Him Lord today?
- Spend some time in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to prepare your heart to dive deep into learning more of Himself and what that means for you as His child.