Words from the Heart for Thursday November 3rd, 2016
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.
Romans 10:9 (NIV)
Declaring and Believing
Here is the simple, life-changing message of salvation: confess and believe. Have you said that Jesus is the ruler and King of your life? Do you believe that God has raised Jesus from the dead? Has this message changed the way you live?
Canada’s food labeling laws are very precise. Ingredients must be declared by their common name in descending order of their proportion by weight of a prepackaged product. The order must be in the order or percentage of the ingredients before they are combined to form the prepackaged product. In other words, in descending order by what was added to the mixing bowl. There are, however, a number of ingredients that can be listed at the end of the ingredients list in any order. These include spices, seasonings and herbs, except salt. As well, natural and artificial flavours, flavour enhancers and food additives, along with vitamins and mineral nutrients can simply be listed at the bottom of the list of ingredients. Wax coating compounds, sausage casings and hydrogen used for hydrogenation processes are not required to be declared at all.
Ever since I was a child, I have heard people say, “my faith is a private thing.” What that really means is that they don’t want to discuss religion with you. While at first this seems like an innocuous statement, particularly in a society that respects privacy, it is not a Biblical sentiment. Nowhere does the Lord give His followers permission to keep our faith to ourselves. We who live in Canada at least have the freedom to share Christ with others without fear of arrest and imprisonment. Christians living in many Muslim and Communist countries understand clearly that the Biblical mandate is for believers to share the Good News and understand the cost. Romans 10:9 is very clear: “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.” Our relationship with Jesus is a matter of faith and while it is a reasonable decision, it must not simply be the mental acknowledgment of the Lordship of Jesus. It must be a passion of our heart, a decision that transforms us from the inside out. Salvation is a matter of the heart. And when Jesus is welcomed as Lord, and the transformation takes place, it bubbles up within us so much that we can’t help but tell others what Jesus has done for us. Salvation begins in the heart, and is expressed with the public statement that Jesus is Lord. How are you expressing that today?
These have been words from the heart.