Power of God [Romans 1:16 Daily Devotional]
What is Romans 1:16 about?
Though Jesus’s death was a shameful one, we don’t need to be ashamed of it. His crucifixion is a part of a bigger story called the gospel. The gospel put simply is God sent his son Jesus to show us how to live a perfect life and to offer himself as a sacrifice for our sins. He then rose from the dead to prove he was God and is now sitting with God in the heavenly realm. So while he died a shameful death, he rose in glorious power, and that power now lives in us. That power brings salvation to everyone who believes that gospel message. Paul says everyone and then reiterates it by saying both “Jew” and “Gentile.” In his time and culture, there was only Jew and non-Jew, so this encompassed his whole world and reaches us today.
Power of God
As I mentioned above, the power of God is now in you because of Jesus’s sacrifice. Your job with that power is to bring the gospel to those around you. You don’t have to be a pastor, preacher, teacher, worship leader, or anything else like that to bring the gospel to your neighbor. The power lives in you, so reach out to your sphere of influence using that power. Don’t be ashamed of the power of salvation that lives in you, but present a clear gospel message to your neighbors knowing that a shameful death led to a glorious victory.
The key here is to not beat your neighbors about the head with the Bible. The best way to present the gospel is to first live it around your sphere, and then talk about it when opportunity strikes. It’s best to be organic with these sorts of things. It’s most natural to invite someone to church with you, but not everyone will want to, so you must meet them where they’re at. I pray you’ll have the courage to bring the gospel to your neighbors.
Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice and the victory we get to experience from it. Give me the courage to reach out to my neighbors with this amazing message. Help me to seize each opportunity and be present in each moment spent with the people around me. It’s in your name I pray, amen.