Daily Devotion on Romans 2:1-11

Devotion Text: Romans 2:2-11

Live in anticipation for the Last Day!

It seems so strange, doesn’t it? Death is among people’s biggest fears and Hollywood makes millions on the uncertainty people have surrounding Judgement Day. Yet, for believers, the end doesn’t have to be scary. Instead, for those who live by faith, the end is the goal.

But, we don’t always think of it that way, do we?

Instead of being scared as the world is, or being excited as we should be, we simply forget about it. We can remember soccer practices and swim lessons, doctors appointments and meetings, but we forget that Christ is ready to gather us to himself. Instead of focusing on eternity, we get caught up in the moment–the trials and troubles of right now–rather than the glory of heaven.

The danger of being caught in the moment is that we become slaves to right now and to our own sinful desires. We become self-seeking and lose sight of what is truly important.

Here, Paul tells us to fix your eyes on our eternal goal, won for us by Christ Jesus. Persist in doing good. Seek eternal glory rather than momentary pleasure. Heaven has already been given to you. Do not trade it for earthly wants.

Having the thought of heaven always in front of you changes your life.

When eternity is your focus, you will live in that truth. You will do good by living for God and for others. You will know the urgency with which the Gospel needs to be proclaimed. You will cast off the shackles of worldly materialism in favor for the endless riches of heaven.

Live with God’s promises always in front of you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for all you provide me. Help me focus on the inheritance for me in heaven rather than my earthly wants and desires. Give me true perspective of what is important and needful. Help me live out my life according to the purposes you have for me rather than my own selfish plans. Make me a witness to your truth to everyone who needs to hear it. Amen.

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About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on November 3, 2011, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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