Savoring Our Salvation and Shameless Future

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    If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Rom. 10:9-11 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, today is another day you have made, and we will seek to rejoice and be glad in it. Rejoicing shouldn’t take that much effort, given the riches we have in you. Though there remain things over which we have zero control—circumstances we’d love to alter, people we’d love to help, stories we’d love to script, our blessings far outnumber our stressors.

Just pondering this classic passage from Paul puts us in the place of fresh praise and grace-fueled peace. Thank you for giving us the awareness of our need of salvation, and the faith to believe, that you are Lord, Jesus—the Lord of the first creation and the new creation; the Lord of life and victor over death; the Lord of all kings and all craziness; the Lord of the environment and all government; the Lord of our beauty and our brokenness; the Lord of our laments and our laughter; the Lord of our whole salvation, from beginning to end.

Lord Jesus, with grace-bought freedom, once again we confess you to be the Lord of lords and King of kings. We do believe in our hearts, and confess with joy, that God raised you from the dead. In you, we have complete forgiveness. In you, we’re counted perfectly righteous. In you, we have citizenship in heaven. By you, we’re being made like you. Hallelujah!

Shame and disgrace don’t define us; grace and acceptance do. For you have born our shame, and, one Day, you’ll eradicate its every remaining vestige. You are so much better at saving than we are at sinning. Hallelujah!

For so great a salvation, we praise you. For so liberating a hope, we adore you. For being such a sovereign and loving Lord, we worship you. So very Amen we pray, in your strong and compassionate name.

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