To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7
We have missed a few days in our study through the book of Romans. If you missed any of our previous discussions or if you just want to refresh your memory about the things we have talked about you can find all the posts in this series on THE ROAD THROUGH ROMANS PAGE.
Up until now we have been talking about Paul the author of the Book of Romans and his calling (and by extension our own callings).
Today we turn our attention to Paul’s audience, the recipients of this letter, the Romans.
Paul says they are, loved by God and called to be his holy people:
You know I am sure this was news to the Jewish believers of the time. Jewish men used to thank God daily that they were not Gentiles because they considered the Gentiles (everyone who was not Jewish) an abandoned people, a people rejected by God.
But here Paul says the people of Rome, a primarily Gentile people and for the most part pagan, are loved by God. He goes further to say that God is calling the people of Rome out of their paganism into a holy life, a life separated unto God.
No matter who we are or where we come from God is calling us into His love. The only questions is will we answer the call.
Are you hearing His call today? What are you prepared to do about it?