Perhaps you have heard or even used the adage, “Put your money where your mouth is.” If so, you would be in some very good company. This is, in essence, what St Paul was telling his readers in our text.

He said in verse 9 of our reading: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

He explained it this way: “For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

Paul’s rationale was this: “For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.’  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. “

What does this have to do with you and me? Just this – during this pre-Easter Lenten season we have the opportunity to rehearse in our minds what God did for us and our salvation through the suffering and death of His Son. We have the chance to hear again the testimony of those who betrayed an innocent man, those who were saved through His sacrifice and what that means for all sinners.

As you have opportunity, I hope and pray that you will attend those extra midweek worship services and rehearse in your minds (and reinforce in your hearts) what God our Lord has done for you – what God our Savior has won for you!

"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

We pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son and the cross-bought salvation He has won for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.