All good things must come to an end, as the saying goes. You experience this all the time, right? You reach the end of your favorite book… maybe with a smile or maybe through tears. The best (or worst, for that matter) vacation ends and brings you back to the reality of your day to day life. Today, the 28 day Romans reading plan comes to an end. I have to confess that I shed some tears before typing this. It’s bittersweet. I’ve so enjoyed going on this journey with you. Thank you for pressing in to knowing God with me. I hope you KNOW God, rather than just knowing ABOUT God, as a result of spending time in God’s Word each day. I wonder… did your relationship with God change as you studied His Word? Maybe God moved from a stranger to an acquaintance… or from acquaintance to friend… or friend to best friend… or best friend to husband… Wherever you are in your relationship with God, know that He delights in you meeting with Him. And the more you spend time with Him, the deeper your relationship grows.
While this 28 day reading plan is ending, it’s not predictable like other endings. Why? Because God’s Word is living and active. When you read through Romans in the future, God will meet you again and reveal Himself to you again… maybe even in a completely new way. He might confirm a truth that you need to hear… or He could gently convict you of sin in your life… or maybe He will remind you to choose hope in the midst of a discouraging situation. Don’t let this be the last time you read Romans. Martin Luther wisely advises us to read Romans often:
This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament. It is purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian’s while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul. It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well. The more one deals with it, the more precious it becomes and the better it tastes.
Just like we are wrapping up our 28 day journey through Romans, Paul is wrapping up this letter. And while he includes lots of greetings, he still finds room for some final instructions that we don’t want to miss. Read Romans 16.
Here are some questions for you to consider:
- Read Romans 16:17-20.
- What is Paul warning against? (Romans 16:17-18)
- Read Romans 16:19.
- How can you stay wise in doing right and stay innocent of any wrong?
- How would living this verse out impact your ability to share the Good News with others?
- Read Romans 16:20.
- What is your reaction to this verse?
- How does it make you feel to know that Satan will be crushed?
- Let this picture encourage you today.
- Read Romans 16:25-27.
- What is the purpose of sharing the Good News (“this message”)? (Romans 16:26) Who can you share the Good News with this week? It could be a simple invitation to church or an outreach event. Or you could share what God is teaching you as you read His Word. And if this makes you nervous, be encouraged by Joshua 1:9: Be strong and be brave. Do not be terrified and do not lose hope for I am the Lord your God and I will be with you everywhere you go.
- What character trait of God is highlighted in Romans 16:27?
As we wrap up Romans, take some time to reflect on what you learned over the past 28 days.
- What are three things you learned by studying Romans?
- What is your favorite verse/passage of Scripture from Romans?
- Do you know God better today than you did on Day 1? Explain.
- How did you encounter God in an intimate and personal way as you read through Romans?
- How did God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think?
Keep seeking your Father God. Jeremiah 29:13 says: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Seek You by Adie encourages us seek God daily because He is where our treasure lies. Don’t let Romans be the end of your seeking God journey… let it be the beginning. Let’s make Hosea 6:3 our goal as Romans comes to a close.
Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.
Press into knowing the Lord… moment by moment… day by day… week by week. God longs for you to know Him. And He promises to meet you in Jeremiah 21:13: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Are you willing?