Day 25

The Message of Christ

from the Romans reading plan


Romans 10:1-21, Isaiah 52:7, Joel 2:32, Galatians 3:7-14

BY Missy Fuller

Scripture Reading: Romans 10:1-21, Isaiah 52:7, Joel 2:32, Galatians 3:7-14

I sat on the plush, cream-colored sofa, helping my mentor fold laundry while her two-year-old played on the floor. I was a senior in college, involved in campus ministry and leading a Bible study, and I enthusiastically updated her on both endeavors. I’d begun telling yet another story when she calmly interrupted me with a simple, matter-of-fact statement: “You believe in a works-based gospel.”

We’d known each other a while, and her statement stunned me. Was she serious?

I quickly brushed it off in the moment. But later that week, I found myself kneeling by the side of my bed, soaking my plaid, purple bedspread with tears. She was right.

There I was, wallowing in my sin, wanting desperately to be back in the loving arms of my Savior. I had asked for forgiveness, but the relief wasn’t coming. As I poured my guilty conscience onto the pages of my journal, I was struck by one word: time.

That’s what I thought I needed: time. I didn’t really want forgiveness. I wanted time—enough time to fill my life up with the right things, the good things, to settle the score. It was salvation by works at its worst.

All my striving, all my desire to put time between myself and my mistakes, it was another attempt to earn my salvation through my own effort. Rather than trusting the work of Christ on the cross for my righteousness, I had become dependent on my own actions to save me.

I was living exactly like the Israelites Paul describes in Romans 10:

Since they are ignorant of the righteousness of God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness (v. 3).

After Christ’s death and resurrection, Israel was still working hard to keep the Law of Moses in order to gain righteousness. They were working to save themselves, forgetting that “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (v. 4).

The law, our works, the right things—they were never supposed to save us. God had planned our salvation and redemption through Jesus Christ all along. Christ is the only perfect fulfillment, the only victory we have over sin and death. His perfect life allows us to be justified through our faith alone. Faith and nothing else, just Jesusthis is the message of Christ.

“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (v. 13).

As I knelt beside my bed that day, I realized Jesus truly was all I needed. His sacrifice covered me then, despite all my striving, and it covers me today. I need His righteousness, not my own. He is enough.

Friends, no matter what our past, present, or future holds, the only work that can save us is the work Christ completed on the cross. May we call on His name.

One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation (v. 10).

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46 thoughts on "The Message of Christ"

  1. Steph C says:

    “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (10:9). For so many years I believed that I could do enough to earn God’s favor. Then there was a period of years that I knew I could never be right with God because I was too bad. But God. He used friends who faithfully shared Gods Word with me. And He opened my eyes so I could see it was never about me. My works do nothing. It is only faith in God – what He has done -that can reconcile me to God! Praise God for accomplishing salvation when I never could! He has given me life, hope, and peace. Oh Father, thank you!

  2. Janelle Mosley says:

    My favorite lesson thus far. I forgot how beautiful Romans 10 is.

  3. Joyce says:

    I can’t do anything to make God love me more or less as long as I stand fast in my faith and love for Him!!!!

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  5. Kate says:

    What a beautiful reminder Lord. I work with a young generation that are broken in so many horrible ways, with parents who are fumbling and failing in so many heartbreaking ways themselves. It’s hard going and discouraging; relentless and very, very busy. But You, sweet Jesus know it all. And today, and always Your heart is for me. It doesn’t matter what gets done today. It matters first that I sit at Your feet. You want me, and my worship; my adoration. You want my heart. Because worshiping You is all you require of me. To genuinely leave all the problems and issues at Your feet. To completely let go of needing to have a say in how it all turns out. The days I get that right, the rest just seems to flow. Unexpected things happen! These teenagers are not my problem, they were always Yours Lord. The burden is not mine and it was never meant to be. You said to carry Your yoke, not mine. I’m not asking You to come along with me on this journey. I get to ride along with You! And You require my worship, my trust, my heart. And when I submit, Your gentle, sweet but oh so fierce love covers me and I need nothing else. All glory and honour to You! You are good, You are good, You are good!

    1. Sara says:

      Thank you for this. Exactly where God was calling me to rest today.

    2. Amy Haley says:

      Yes and Amen!

  6. Karen From Virginia says:

    I am so prone to evaluate my standing with God based on what I think I have done right or wrong. It is a constant battle to submit and enjoy the truth that God is taking care of everything. That Jesus alone have satisfied my need for righteousness and forgiveness. Hallelujah! Thank you Lord that this is the truth that we can rest it today. May my boast be in the cross of Christ and what he is done.

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