So this was meant to be my ‘Day One’ post and it has now ended up being my Day Two post because, well, life happens!
As part of my journey to building a closer relationship with God, I’ve decided to start reading through Romans in the New Testament. I put on my Spotify Worship playlist (on shuffle because God will put on what He wants me to hear right….?) and started reading Chapter 1. I then challenged my husband (after about 5 minutes through) to read through Chapter 1 too and then we could chat about it at the end. Go me!!
I wanted to share some of my thoughts about what I read in Romans 1 and things that stood out to me. The first thing that grabbed the attention of my purple ballpoint pen (yes – I love to write all over my bible!) was from verse 5 ‘…we received grace and apostleship to call people…….to the obedience that comes from faith.’ We are called to belong! It really excited me that God called us to belong to something. He chose us. He wanted us! My life, my mistakes, my choices, they didn’t just happen. It’s part of my story and God called me to belong to Him through my experiences. All that and I’d only read 5 verses at this stage!!
Skip ahead a little bit to verse 12 ‘...be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.’ I felt like God was directly talking to me about our church life (or lack of). We’ve become very lax in the amount we’ve been attending church. Life has taken over. I mean….we’re not doing bad things….just not attending church like we should be. We get offers of seeing family, spending time with friends, going on exciting days out….and they all seem to trump ‘going to church’. Combined with only having my gorgeous step-daughter on weekends, it’s easy to want to do other things. But this pat of the bible reminds me spending time as a church family is vitally important. We should be encouraged by one another. I love it when people tell encouraging stories about their life in church. It really helps me to see the movement of God in other people’s lives and how He could be moving in my life and I might not even know it or have noticed it!
The main part that really speaks to me in this chapter is verse 21. ‘For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.’ Knowing who God is not enough!! (Cue Rebecca* squirming in bed as she reads this uncomfortable verse). We have to have a relationship with Him too. This is the part that scares me the most because a relationship means, I’ve got to work at it! I can’t just keep cruising along and not actively seeking God into my day to day life. I feel like I’m making steps in the right direction. I’m now reading Romans and I’ve started my blog. But outside of those things….I’m still not really thinking about God. I don’t pray very often and if I do it is never out loud!! That is far to scary right now. But it’s a journey. A journey that I want to continue down. I can’t expect to do it all in the same day. It’s a mindset that I am trying to change. That doesn’t mean I want to force myself into a relationship (that does not sound great!) but I want it to become a natural and exciting part of my life.
So there you go. My thoughts on Romans 1. And it’s a day later than I intended but it’s all down in words. I hope you enjoy and that it gives you some thoughts on Romans. Feel free to start reading along with me 🙂
Speak to you all soon xx
*Yes – I’m one of those people who refers to myself in the third person!