Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. (13:12)
We usually prefer light over darkness. Children may fear the dark, and adults appreciate having a flashlight. Spiritually speaking, darkness refers to sin and death, whereas Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12). He alone provides life, salvation and purpose; he overcomes sin and death. Whoever responds to the good news of the gospel through faith turns from darkness to light. Through these devotionals from the book of Romans, we have tried to clarify the basics of the Christian faith. If you haven’t yet applied them to your life, I encourage you to pray to God and
- admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior (Rom. 3:23),
- believe that Jesus is the Savior and source of eternal life (Rom. 6:23; John 14:6; 1 John 5:11-12),
- confess that you are sorry for your sin (Ps. 51:1-12),
- ask Jesus to be your Savior and pray that you will be led by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 10:9-10; 8:9-17; Luke 9:23), and
- live with hope and assurance (Rom. 10:13; John 5:24).
When we repent and believe the gospel, God forgives our sin and welcomes us to live forever with him. But we must not stop with receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. We must also submit to him as Lord. This means living for him rather than self and sharing the good news of the gospel with others. —Steve Petroelje
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the glorious message of the gospel. Help me to receive it and proclaim it. Amen.