Scripture: Romans 16:17-27
Observation: Paul finishes his letter to the Romans by warning them to stay away from false teachers and instead stay fully committed and obedient to the Lord. He finishes by sharing greetings from a few of his companions and then finishes with a doxology, or “praise to God.”
Application: We did it! It’s our final day together. After I wrote you a book yesterday, I promise to keep this one much briefer.
Paul’s final words to the Romans are fitting final words for us, too. Read verse 19 again:
“I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong.”
Be wise, stay innocent.
Be wise. We gain wisdom when we learn to know God more. We learn about him when we open our Bible, soak in the word, let it sink in, and change our lives. As Psalm 119:105 says:
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
Let the Word give you wisdom. Don’t just read it – absorb it. Memorize it. Tuck it into your heart, and let it guide your life.
Stay innocent. Our innocence comes from keeping our eyes on Jesus and off the things of this world. So often, we’re tempted to look around us or behind us – we need to set our sights on heaven, on Jesus. I love how Colossians 3:1-2 puts it:
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.”
Look up, look up, look up. Keep your eyes focused on the Lord.
What a joy these past few weeks have been! I’m so glad we spent this time together. I loved hearing from so many of you about how these words challenged you, encouraged you, made you laugh. What a joy it’s been to write and to serve you in a small way.
I’m taking a break for a few weeks – we’re starting 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting at The Journey in early January, and we’ll be releasing a devotional through the book of Acts. I’ll be writing a few entries, and I’ll be sure to share those as well! I plan to begin a new devotional in early February, and though I have a few ideas, I’m open to your feedback. Comment below if there’s anything you’d like us to tackle and study together over the coming months!
Thank you for reading, and thank you for being you.
Prayer: God, as we finish this study, I pray that you help us live with wisdom and innocence. I pray we continue to use your Word to guide our lives and keep our eyes fixed on you. To yours be the glory, amen.