GOOD NEWS FOR A BROKEN WORLD
January 26, 2005
Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.
The book of Romans was written to a broken world. The days of the Romans and Jews under the domination of Rome were indeed broken and enslaving. And yet, God broke through with a message in that time that is for our time and all time.
There was a man by the name of Augustine in the fourth century. He was a profligate, sinful, and immoral man. Though raised in a godly home by a Christian mother, he had abandoned the faith of his home and lived a life of wantonness and waste. He later said, “I was wasted and dissipated. I boiled over in my fornications and sin.”
He came to the end of his rope one day and found himself in deep spiritual anguish and wound up having an emotional breakdown. He got hold of the book of Romans, and he sat down to read it. He was so overcome by his sin and the feeling that God could never forgive him, the book fell to the ground in the garden, and Augustine buried his in his hands and wept profusely.
He heard a child chanting nearby: “Take up and read, take up and read, take up and read…” And in the voice of the child, Augustine believed he heard the voice of God telling him to take up and read the book of Romans. As he began to read, Augustine the profligate was transformed by the truth and power of Jesus Christ, and later became known as Saint Augustine, perhaps the chief theologian in the history of the Christian church.
It was all because of the transforming power of the Gospel. The book of Romans is very practical in its application and very personal in its meaning. It logic and language is profound! Commit yourself to daily Bible study and for the time try digging into the book of Romans. It will require the very best of your thinking and devotion to understanding it, but if you do the beauties and blessings of God will be poured out upon you.
WHEN THE BROKENNESS OF THE WORLD WEIGHS
HEAVY UPON YOUR HEART—BREAK OPEN THE BOOK OF ROMANS.