February 28: Romans 4:13-15
Key Verse: Romans 4:13
It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.
You may look back on many of the Old Testament stories and think it was all about what the people did which allowed them to get closer to God and you will probably find many people who would encourage you to believe that side of the stories; but when you get to read the stories properly and in context, you find out people all had a choice as to what they would do.
God still gives us the choice and what we end up doing is really a display of our belief and our faith. We could try to be as righteous as possible and expect to get to heaven because we are good – but that is not going to fly with God. He looks inside your heart and Christ will judge you according to your faith. If you have faith Jesus is willing to save you from your sins, then He will do so because that is His promise to you.
But if you think you can work your way into heaven by doing all the right stuff, wearing the right clothes and saying the right words, then you are sadly mistaken! It is and always has been about our faith and our beliefs. Is this when you start getting scared and wonder if your faith is strong enough to get you into heaven? Don’t be! Jesus has explained how the smallest of amounts of faith can do so much and that is what He is looking at!
We don’t have to be spiritual giants in order to get to heaven. Just a small amount of faith in the right direction can get us directly there. Jesus came to die for all who are willing to ask Him into their lives. We may not have the faith some of the people from our bibles have shown, but we do have a firm promise from Christ He is willing to save us if we believe. Nice and simple!
Points to Ponder:
How much faith do you think you need?
Do you know Christ has already done enough for your faith?
February 27: Matthew 5:38-42
Key Verse: Matthew 5:41
If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.
How do you react when someone does something you don’t like? Do you jump up and swat them because they dared to do something you disliked? Do you just ignore them and continue doing what you’re doing? Or is something in between?
We all react differently to circumstances in which we find ourselves and there is no clear-cut answer as to how we should behave – at least that is what we like to believe because it makes our life easier if we can react differently according to who is doing things against us! God has different ideas to how we should react and encourages us to be the same with everyone we encounter!
We should be trying to show people we depend on a God who does not change and one way to do that is to be more like Him and not change our ways according to who we are mixing with. God wants us to show a Christian face to everyone we encounter in our lives, not because we must be different but rather so we can reflect a bit more of God in our lives.
When we are described as being lights, it is not our light which is shining out for people to notice but the reflection of Christ which people should notice. When we look up at the sky we see a sun which is shining bright because it is a great burning star. But we also see the moon which is nothing like that, but still shines – not by itself but because it is reflecting the sun. As disciples following Christ we need to be more like the moon and reflect the shining light of God in our lives, for everyone and unchanging with everyone!
Points to Ponder:
How do you react to wrong doings?
Will you try to allow others to see a reflection of Christ instead of a ‘self-reaction’?