July 18, 2023
READ THE WORD
“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil” (Deuteronomy 30:15 ESV).
“We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of
the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith
in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified” (Galatians 2:15-16
Laws can provide guidelines and restrictions to address the issues and problems facing our society, but
they cannot change the heart of the people. Our human heart is deceitful, and our internal moral
compass is broken. In order to choose life, we need someone outside of ourselves to guide us to the way of
Our hope for cultural transformation cannot be in worldly solutions. We cannot put our focus, passion, or
hope into changing laws. It cannot become our “gospel.” Rather, we must focus on the only true and
lasting change; a transformed life through the salvation found in and through Jesus Christ.
“God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 CSB
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7 NIV
Take time to give reverence to God, to repent, to rejoice in the Lord, and to respond in faith to the Holy Spirit’s leading.