Our scripture this morning is ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭9‬-‭13.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Paul explains that salvation is promised to us if we are one with Christ. It involves acceptance in our hearts and a changed life that compels us to declare Him to the world. He emphasizes that this is true for both Jews and Gentiles, a grouping that included the whole world at that time.

The scripture he quotes “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” comes from Joel 2:32. This is the same passage used by Peter in his sermon to the crowd on the Day of Pentecost, recorded in Acts 2. It promises that those who seek God in spirit and truth will find Him and receive His mercy.

God is always reaching out to us but we must reach for Him as well. Through Christ’s sacrifice we can be made right when we say not only “Jesus is Lord” but more importantly “Jesus is MY Lord”. We all need a personal relationship with Him in order to be saved.

Gracious God, we are sorry for our disobedience but grateful for Your forgiveness. Bless us to be the bearers of the Good News to all the world. Amen.

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