Verse of the Day Devotion: Romans 3:10 as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one;”
Paul here is addressing a false idea the Jewish people had regarding their relationship with God. “Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?” Romans 3:1. The Jews believed that because they were God’s chosen people, descendants of Abraham and that, regarding the males, were circumcised, they had a special place with God. In verse 2, Paul agrees to a degree, but not in the way they thought. “Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.” Romans 3:2. Paul is telling them their advantage was they were given and entrusted with the revelation of God’s will, through Moses and the Law given to him.
However, this advantage did not give them a better position with God. “What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; as it is written, There is none righteous, not even one;” Romans 3:9-10. The Jews do not have any greater advantage when it comes to their righteousness, for both they as well as the non-Jews are under sin. And because all have sinned, they are under the same penalty. “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:28. It only takes one sin to be under the penalty. And this is why Christ had to come and pay the penalty for us.
Now, let us look at this idea from a different perspective, for many today see themselves as better than others because they go to church, read their bibles, and pray every now and then, believing they are OK regarding their walk with God. Now, the Jews back then believed that by following the ordinances set forth in the Law that they were in good shape. What they did not understand was who Jesus was. He was prophesied about throughout the Old Testament. But they were so tied to the traditions, they failed to see the truth. I believe there are many today in our churches who are in the same situation. They do the traditions but fail to see what God really desires, and that is all of us. This is what He has called us to. “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2. God wants us to present ourselves completely to Him in service, obedience, and love; eliminating any ways our lives are conforming to this sinful world. We must let God transform it through our thoughts and beliefs and actions to one which is pleasing to Him. Living this Christian walk by giving ourselves to His service.
There are times I find myself slipping into the pattern of doing the does for the does sake, and not for God. When I do, I go somewhere and pray that God will first forgive me, then help me see again what it is He desires of me and move on. I want to encourage everyone who is reading this to do the same if you see yourselves slipping into the same pattern. God loves everyone of us and wants to guide us in the ways He calls us to. Have ears that are open to hear His words, and eyes that are open to see His ways. Devote your whole self to His service. You will find it is a beautiful life indeed.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.
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