Save Me, Lord

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S (Scripture): Romans 3:9 So what are we saying? Are we better off? Not at all. We have already stated the charge: both Jews and Greeks are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written,

There is no righteous person, not even one.


There is no one who understands.

    There is no one who looks for God.


They all turned away.

    They have become worthless together.

There is no one who shows kindness.

    There is not even one.

O (Observation): Here, when Paul says “we,” he is referring to the Jews who follow Christ. He wants to ask if the Jews have an advantage over the Gentile Christians, since the Jews had the Scriptures from which to study and learn about God. But even with the Scriptures, they have to realize that even they – as first recipients of God’s covenants – are sinful, too!

Paul uses Scripture to support the notion that no one people are immune from the power of sin, not even the Jews.

The words above in italics are Psalm 14:1-3. From the Scriptures, Paul reminds the Jewish Christians that none are without sin.

A (Application): While this all seems hopeless, we also keep in mind that God’s grace saves us all. The reminder of sin affecting us all is simply a tool for humility. We (however defined) are not by default better than anyone else. We all sin. And so therefore any good we do comes because we are forgiven – forgiven sinners, but still forgiven.

So the ground upon which we stand as forgiven people is established God, by Jesus suffering, dying, and being resurrected.

Therefore, we ALL can receive grace. We ALL can receive mercy. Not by our own doing, but by what God has done for us, for me.

P (Prayer): Lord, save me, a sinner. Amen.

In Giving, We Receive

S (Scripture): Luke 9:20 Then Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” 21 But he forcefully commanded them not to tell this to anyone, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
23 Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”

O (Observation):  Jesus reminds the disciples of the calling that he (and they) are to follow.   The pattern is as follows: life, death, resurrection.   Their lives are not given so that they can be successful.  Their lives are given so that they can give away their lives; they are to serve and help others…to share the Good News with others.  Indeed, our salvation lies in the fact that God conquered death and brought new life in Jesus…the ultimate giving occurred on the cross for you, for me. 

A (Application):  Our world reminds us – constantly – that our world is all about US!  How can we be served?  How can my life be improved?  How can my home be better?  How can my wardrobe be improved?

The odd thing is that we were made to serve, and not be served.   We are called to give up our comfort for the sake of others.  We are called to lay down what is important for us, so that others may receive God’s love.  

We strive to satisfy ourselves, yet that is not our calling.  And strangely, when we serve others, we receive a deep, deep satisfaction that is better than any surprise anyone can give us.   

Who have you served lately?  I have to say that I haven’t done so well in this area lately…I’ve got work to do!!!

P (Prayer):  Lord, remind us that this life is not all about us!  Amen.