9 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. 10 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. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
We have just celebrated the first Sunday in the Lent season. As we know, Lent is a time of preparation when we focus our spiritual hearts and minds on God. It’s a time to deny ourselves, through fasting, prayer, sacrificial giving, and penance. What better way to begin Lent than with the most basic Christian message, the gift of salvation. Our verses from Romans speaks to the heart of our faith.
Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
- What do you think about salvation being a matter of the heart rather than an emotion? What does the assurance of salvation mean for you?
- In what ways are you preparing for the Lent season, i.e. practicing spiritual disciplines, fasting, devoting more time to Scripture reading/prayer, etc.?
Help us, loving God, to take in the lessons from your Holy Word regarding our salvation. Let us never take for granted the gift of the cross. Let us come to you this Lent season in humbleness and gratitude for all you have done, and are doing in our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.