Reading: Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
If in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about-but not before God. What does scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." – Romans 4:2,3
Sure, there is truth to the saying, "God does not make junk!", yet, it is not like we are priceless museum pieces either. We are not ideal specimens. Certainly not scoring perfect 10's in all we do. Look at us! What a mess! No boasting here, that's for sure. Yet, we are not junk. How?
Martin Luther said, "God does not love us because of our worth. We are of worth because God loves us.” That is what turns us from junk to jewels. God loves us, we believe it and a big thing happens like what happened with Abraham. Righteousness! Now, that certainly sounds fancy; not junky at all. --Ruth Gates, "frequent" Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
Closing Prayer: Dear God, you see us differently than we see ourselves. May we believe in your love for us and therefore how in your eyes we have worth. Help us to look then with your eyes and see the worth of others. Thank you for your gift of righteousness. Wow! Looking good in your love. Amen.
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