Daily Devotional: Activating Faith

Romans 1:16

~I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.~

nailedAll the members of his family gathered around Mark’s hospital bed as he took his last breath. Neither they nor the best doctors in the world could save him. Death was just too powerful.

Apart from God’s power, there is no greater force in the world than death. Because of the impact of sin on humanity, we are all spiritually dead [separated from God] until God makes us alive with Christ [Ephesians 2:1-5]. The only way out of spiritual death is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The gospel refers to  God’s actions in history, when his Son Jesus came to this earth as a tiny baby, lived an obedient life and chose to die on the cross, paying the rice for humanity’s sin. Thus Jesus broke the power of death and was resurrected to offer new life, God’s life, to all who choose to believe that he did this for them.

The unrelenting power of physical death from dreadful disease called cancer won the battle for Mark’s body, but death had lost its sting. Because of his faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ, Mark was full of resurrection life. He simply shed his outward shell, free at last to be with Jesus entirely. That’s the power of the gospel.

It takes a choice to become a Christian. Are you certain of resurrection life? Why?

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