OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONAL FOR OCTOBER 25,2023 (ONE DOOR FOR ALL)
TOPIC : ONE DOOR FOR ALL
Bible in a Year: Jeremiah 6–8 1 Timothy 5
Memory Verse: Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13
Today’s Scripture & Insight: Romans 10:8–13
After declaring that we’re all sinners (Romans 1–3), Paul explains how God justifies us through Christ’s death on the cross (chs. 4–8). In chapters 9–11, he explains that many Jews are still not saved because they’ve rejected God’s way of salvation and maintain that they must meticulously keep the law to have a right relationship with Him (10:3–4). Paul explains, “People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood” (3:25 nlt).
The apostle calls these Jewish brothers and sisters—and everyone—to believe in Christ: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (10:9). God’s way of salvation is the same for all people—whether Jews or gentiles (v. 12): “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (v. 13).
The protocols at the restaurant in my childhood neighborhood were consistent with social and racial dynamics in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The kitchen helpers—Mary, the cook, and dishwashers like me—were Black; however, the in-restaurant patrons were White. Black customers could order food, but they had to pick it up at the back door. Such policies reinforced the unequal treatment of Blacks in that era. Though we’ve come a long way since then, we still have room for growth in how we relate to each other as people made in the image of God.
Passages of Scripture like Romans 10:8–13 help us to see that all are welcome in the family of God; there’s no back door. All enter the same way—through belief in Jesus’ death for cleansing and forgiveness. The biblical word for this transformative experience is saved (vv. 9, 13). Your social situation or racial status or that of others doesn’t factor into the equation. “As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’ For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him” (vv. 11–12). Do you believe in your heart the Bible’s message about Jesus? Welcome to the family!
Reflect & Pray
What evidence is there in your life that you’ve believed the Bible’s message about forgiveness through Jesus? Who do you know that needs to hear the good news about Christ?
Our Daily Bread 2023 Devotional is written by Arthur Jackson and published by Our Daily Bread Ministries.