Read: Romans 10:1-4
There was a time in my life when I quit believing in God. Why? Well, there were so many bad things going on in my life, and I couldn’t understand why a good and faithful God would allow those things to happen. I was being bullied, my siblings were both living in two different countries, my mom underwent an invasive back surgery, and my dad had a tumor in his nose that was diagnosed as stage 4 cancer.
I justified my newfound lack of faith by stating that if I believed that life ended when I died, then that’s what my own reality would look like. This meant that I no longer lived for anything, or by anything. Guilt to me suddenly meant fear instead of conviction. This belief I labeled myself only lasted about a month. At that time, I was more lost and afraid than I had ever been in my entire life. Living a life just to please myself only felt good for about a week until it stopped seeming fulfilling. From there, I had to find God again and I had to search for the identity I lost.
In the start of Romans 10, Paul proclaims his desire for the Jewish people to get saved. As Paul puts it, “…they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.”
What they needed to realize was that their religious effort, no matter how sincere, is not substitute for the righteousness that comes by faith in Jesus Christ. Instead of trying to establish their own righteousness, they needed to accept Christ’s righteousness as their own.
Romans 10:4 says, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”
Pause for a second and have a heart check. Who are you living for? How are you worshipping God in your life? Surround yourself with people who will call you out, and constantly push you to how God calls us to live.