BAM blog posts are posts that I write after I have read scripture that I can’t move past.
I was reading in Romans this morning when I came across Paul saying, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” That’s good…for Paul. I mean, up to this point he’s been killing Christians, experiencing a radical salvation experience, and defending himself to everyone from the disciples to Caesar! That’s a pretty exciting Christian walk up to this point.
Why did this verse stop me in my tracks this morning? What does this verse mean for the wife me, the mom me, the worker me? I’m pretty sure I don’t have a problem with the ashamed part, I am married to a minister and work at a church…not good things if you are ashamed. I think it’s the “power of God for salvation,” part that is tripping me up. Lately, I feel like grace is being shoved down my throat. God isn’t even gently reminding me, it’s an all out attack of every day and every moment. “Grace, grace, grace, My grace, not your excellent ability to people please, My grace, not you, My Son, not you, not your works, My grace, NOT YOU,” says God to me. I get it-grace is the key to everything in my life…getting grace and giving grace.
What does this grace-filled, “power of God salvation,” look like in my life. In my normal marriage, parenting, and working life, what does it look like? That is why this verse stopped me in my tracks this morning.
…to be continued…