Romans 10:8b-13 MSG
“It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God— “Jesus is my Master” –embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, “Help, God!” gets help.”
How much does it take to call out to another for help? Our Scripture for today reminds us that we need God. It's that simple and that complicated. We need God to bring us salvation help. We need God's salvation hope.
Throughout our lives we have seen others come face to face with the trials of life. Our parents struggled to make ends meet. We saw our friends' families have difficulties and their parents became separated or divorced or both. In our jobs, we experienced others getting promoted when we helped them all along the way and were held back. We have seen the accumulation and the striving for power cause brokenness in our lives or in the lives of those we love.
It's just not fair. As children we were taught to treat one another fairly and yet we soon learn that this world is not fair. Then something happens. Something amazing and wonderful and scary happens. We hit the line and proclaim, "God I can't do it anymore. I need you! God, help me."
When we cry out to God and fully trust in our Lord with all our heart and soul something changes within us. We become open in a new way to see through sacred and holy eyes our world full on new beginnings. The possibilities are all around us. What we need to say and do is clear. Through trust in God we experience God's salvation hope. Its that simple and that complicated. By being open to God's will we begin to be changed. As we follow God's path we begin to see that we want it to be our path too.
Prayer: O God, our God, help us to see your way and follow. Help us to respond to your salvation message with faith, with hope and in trust. May we follow and risk for your glory as we seek your abiding peace. Amen.
Rev. Laura C. Kelsey, Author
Rev. Kelsey is proud to pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, MI. Together with the faithful and loving worshipping community at FPC. she enjoys sharing God's Word with others, working to help folks experience God's love and discern their direction in life, and lovingly reach out to the greater Pontiac community.