Sunday, March 10        Romans 10:8b-13                Shane Mullin

8b The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the message of faith that we preach). 9 Because if you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and in your heart you have faith that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 Trusting with the heart leads to righteousness, and confessing with the mouth leads to salvation. 11 The scripture says, All who have faith in him won’t be put to shame. 12 There is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord is Lord of all, who gives richly to all who call on him. 13 All who call on the Lord’s name will be saved.

Often, when the Apostle Paul writes to a community of Christian believers, he is responding to a particular issue that has arisen within or around that community – the letter to the Christian community in Rome is no different. An issue that many early Christian communities faced was the fact that their communities were comprised of people who came from differing ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds. Invariably, this could lead to tension and conflict within the community, but Paul wants this community of Christians to know that such conflicts are silly. Why? Because God’s generosity is directed toward every human being. May we be people who set aside all of our biases and remember that, “All who call on the Lord’s name will be saved.”

Pray today that we all grow in our capacity to recognize God’s generosity towards everyone.