Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “Building 429 – The Overflow Devo”. It is only 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We are more than conquerors:
Sometimes a question creeps into my head. “Why would the world want the Jesus that they see in me?” I think it’s a fair one to ask. Why would they want what we have? I’ve got to be honest, many times when I look at those who are proclaiming the VICTORY IN JESUS, I don’t see anything that resembles victory at all. In fact I see a whole lot of people that tend to live in defeat. They say things like, “it’s ok brother I’m just passing through” or they quote my song “where I belong” and say things like “I’m just glad I’m not home yet”. REALLY GUYS? We’re really stumped as to why non-believers don’t want to hear about Jesus?
Maybe it’s more of a false humility thing. We don’t want to seem too confident, because we might come off as arrogant, or pompous. The truth, however, is the truth… that NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF JESUS. Not Life, Not Death, not ANYTHING in this world. We have overcome through the One who has overcome the grave. You see it’s not that we should always be happy, it’s just that as believers we must remember that we are MORE than conquerors even when we find ourselves in dark moments. Paul never waivered. Even in prison when he could’ve felt sorry for himself, he worked harder and more diligently. The prison walls could hold him, but not the message he preached. There it is…Our lives speak louder of the relationship with a TRUE and LIVING GOD in hardship than they ever can in plenty. So the question becomes, How can we begin to live as MORE THAN CONQUERORS now, in Plenty or Hardship, because of the true relationship that we have with a KING??? Moreover… How much differently would our efforts to evangelize be if the evidence of God were revealed through our confidence in GOD??
The better question is “Why wouldn’t the world want the Jesus they see in me?”. You mean there is something out there that is better than what I have known? Sign me up! Unfortunately due to sin, the world, and human fallibility, that image of Jesus gets tarnished. Jesus was sinless and died for everyone’s sins and yet His image is still screwed up. Thankfully for all, Jesus is bigger than everyone and everything. Nothing can hold back His love for us all and what He did for us all.