What are you most thankful for?
Paul is writing to the church in Rome. All the letters he wrote have an introduction, and they include the greeting “Grace and peace to you”. Then he says just how thankful for them he is. Apparently reports have reached him about their faith. And he keeps on praying for them, even though he is separate from them. He might be a leader, but he still recognises how much he can learn from this group as they work through what following Jesus means for them.
The letter to the Romans is full of lots of big theology and ideas. Sometimes, it gets quite complicated, but Paul always manages to keep the main thing the main thing. Here he tells us that he is not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. Believing in Jesus is enough.
Sometimes it’s easy to get a bit lost in what other people say about God and about Christianity. We can even be ashamed because of the way that the message has been twisted and it seems like the God who is the source of all love has become someone who punishes unfairly or enjoys the suffering of children. But that’s not true – we shouldn’t be ashamed of the Gospel, because it’s the best thing in the world ever. All we need to do is to believe that.
Lord God, help me to keep the main thing the main thing. Help me know you more, and understand your ways better. Help me overcome the bits I’m not quite so sure about. I’m sorry for the times when I’ve acted like I’m ashamed of your Gospel. Amen.
Why not tell someone you are thankful for them today?