July 12 - Loved and Called


By Richard J. Bennett

Today's Scripture: Romans 1:7

Central Thought: God loves people and calls them to be saints.

    What is the difference between a sinner and a saint? A saint has the Savior and the sinner 'ain't.” While this old saying is a bit curt—and grammatically incorrect—it is true.

    In writing to believers in Rome, the apostle Paul reminded them that they were loved by God. While this is true, we must not forget that God loves all people, believers and unbelievers, alike. But there is a special relationship believers have with God that unbelievers cannot have; believers are called to be saints.

    Do you think of yourself as a saint? A saint is not a 'super Christian.” Saints are 'holy ones,” people who are set apart to God. God calls believers to live for Him in this world as His servants and His witnesses to those who have not yet come to believe.

    Take time today to rejoice that you are loved and that you are called. Then live each day in that knowledge.

Devotional Prayer: God, thank You that You love me and have called me to live for You. Help me live in that knowledge each day.

Today's Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 12:19-14:17; Romans 1:1-17; Psalm 9:13-20; Proverbs 19:4-5