Daily Devotions for Lent 2013

DAY 21

Friday, March 8, 2013

Submitted by Chad Sanford, Elder

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your infinite love and grace.  May You be with me when I am happy or alone, struggling or soaring, in darkness or times of great joy, as I try to follow the teachings of Your Son, Jesus Christ.  His path is not always an easy one to walk, but nothing worth doing ever is.  Amen.

Scripture:  Romans 6:1-11

Today’s Devotion:

At its core, religion is meant to provide a moral compass, something that seems to be lacking in our society.  Many of us would say that we are good Christians, but what does that mean?  Are we good Christians  because we go to church and sit on committees?  Is it because we put our offering in the plate every week?  How about when I yell at the person not using their turn signal or when my mind wanders during Bill's sermon to all the things I need to do in the coming week? (Both purely hypothetically, of course)

On Sundays, we may know what it means to be a good Christian, but we need to practice that every day.  While being baptized frees us from sin, this only means from the servitude of sin.  We are baptized so that we might "walk in newness of life" but it isn't a free ticket.  God's grace is a gift, one that we shouldn't squander.  Baptism itself doesn't mean we are good Christians.  We have to want it.  We have to make that choice to follow Christ and try to live without sin.  That doesn't mean we won't sin.  We are human and therefore imperfect but, as Paul shows, because of that connection between Christ's sacrifice and our baptism, we have the chance to walk with Jesus toward eternal salvation.