"Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof."
The above verses found in Paul's letter to the Romans have been the catalyst which has brought many unsaved people to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. For example, Augustine, who today is well-known as one of the most influential church father was a sinner up to age 32.
Augustine's sins of choice were lust and theft. In his Confessions, he writes that during his early adult life he was among bad companions, which led him to commit theft and succumb to lust. Augustine came from a good family and had never wanted for food. However, he talks about the time he and his friends stole pears when he had many better pears of his own. He explains the feelings he experienced as he ate the pears and threw the rest away to the pigs. Augustine argues that he most likely would not have stolen anything had he not been in the company of others who could share in his sin.
His inner turmoil continued on whether to convert to Christianity. At 32, Augustine heard stories about others converting. While reflecting in a garden, he hears a child's voice chanting "take up and read." Augustine picks up a Bible and reads the passage it opens to: Romans 13:13-14. Finally, Augustine decides to convert to Christianity.
Other powerful stories have been cited about atheists and agnostics who became converted during their reading of Romans.
Read and study the book yourself and get ready for God's power to become alive within you. Get in position to receive God's blessings like Augustine and so many others.
During Day 22 of this Lenten season, read and meditate on Romans 13:13-14. Think about those who have given their lives to the Lord based on these two verses. If you are not saved, accept Jesus into your heart as your Savior and Lord. If you are saved, thank God for your salvation and live in the abundance of grace and enjoy your gift of salvation.
You are invited to read the Lenten lesson for Day 23.