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At Just The Right Time!

Romans 5:6

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMAt just the right time! I’ve been working on my golf swing lately – when time allows. I’m convinced I can play better than I have been playing. Golf is hard – but not as hard as I’ve been making it the last few years. I’ve gone from stiff shafts to regular shafts (by the way – I have a nice set of stiff shafted clubs – Ping G15’s – for sale). What I’m finding out – and I knew this before but was too pig-headed to accept – is in a golf swing – it is not about power – but it is all about timing – hitting the ball at just the right time.

At just the right time! Have you ever been in the right place at just the right time? Like the time you crossed paths with someone you hadn’t seen in years at Sam’s Club or the Mall? Like the time you narrowly escaped an accident because you stopped your vehicle at just the right time? Like the time you were the last person in line to register for a class that was filled up after you registered. At times – it simply works out or doesn’t work out – barely – at just the right time.

At just the right time! The scriptures say that we were saved at just the right time. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Romans 5:1–11 – 1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

At just the right time! We can practice and get our timing down on some things. We can hope for the timing on other things to be perfect or even accidental and work out. But today’s passage reminds us that there was nothing we could do to save ourselves – and Christ – at just the right time – became the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world for those who would accept Him as their Lord and Savior. At just the right time – God gave us His love and offers it to us today.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 8, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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