January 3, 2018

Called to Be Saints for the Glory of His Name

Romans 1:7–9

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To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Longing to Go to Rome

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you

In Context:

2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, 7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10 always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.

Called to Be Saints for the Glory of His Name



Bio | Christina Read

Hello, friends, I'm Christina! My husband, Caleb, and I have lived in Dallas our whole lives. We even grew up a few miles from each other and attended the same orthodontist in our teenage years, but never knew it! It took traveling over 200 miles to Louisiana Tech University for us to finally cross paths. After four years of marriage and with a daughter on the way, I can tell you it was worth the wait. We attend and serve at the Watermark Plano campus in various ways throughout the year. I hope you have a blessed day! 

Central Truth

God is at work in you, putting a new frame around your life. If you are in Christ, you are called to be a saint. 

Devotional | Romans 1:7–9

I love a cluster of photos in my living room. They’ve been there for almost four years and tell our family’s story: pictures of graduations, our wedding day, and our first half marathon. The other...

I love a cluster of photos in my living room. They’ve been there for almost four years and tell our family’s story: pictures of graduations, our wedding day, and our first half marathon. The other day, as I was cleaning the house, our engagement picture caught my eye. Well, not so much the picture, but the old frame around it.

Though our furniture and decor tastes have changed throughout the years, our picture frames haven’t. So I decided to give my photo a facelift by swapping the old frame with an up-to-date one.

When I placed the photo (just one—frames are expensive, ya'll!) in the new frame, the picture took on a whole new look. Though the photo didn't change, the reframing altered how I viewed it.

When I became a believer in college, I put on a “new frame,” so to speak. I viewed things with God’s perspective, not mine. This past year, I have entered the journey of motherhood, and it has been easier than I'd like to admit to fall into self-pity about its challenges. But God's call for our lives (my life) was never a promise of comfort and ease. Instead, I see Paul's call to the Romans (and me) to be saints. I don't want to be seeking comfort, but sainthood. 

As Christians, we are set apart for God's special purposes. Our lives should reflect the purity of God. Christians are called to be saints—to increasingly allow their daily life to more closely match their position in Christ. 

If you have turned away from your sins and trusted in Jesus and what He has done on the cross, you are a saint. God has set you apart for His special purposes and sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in you. God is at work in you, putting a new frame around your life that reflects the ultimate Holy One—our Savior Jesus Christ.

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Discussion Questions

1. How has God put a new frame around your life?

2. Do you view yourself as a sinner or a saint? How does this passage inform your answer?

3. Who is someone you know that needs a new framing from God in their life? How can you be praying for and initiating with them?

49 Comments available

Michael Macomber 8 months ago

I have been what I would think picturing myself in one frame my whole life. But as I grow closer in my relationship with Christ, I see how God has been working in my life, pulling me closer to Him, and hopefully when I finish ReGen, I will “feel” the new frame He says I am.

B Busse 9 months ago

By removing the frames(s) I placed around me for many years. For a long while now I’ve worn the frame of the unknown, of what’s next?. Sometimes it feels like I’m wandering around Hobby Lobby looking for, and trying on, different frames only to find they just aren’t right. Lord, where is Your frame, perfect for me? I am a saint who sins and the devotion reminds me I’m a spirit with a body wrapped around it for my time here on earth. Today’s Scripture reminded me that I’m an eternal spirit sent on a mission to earth for God’s purpose but home is and has always been with Him. Much like Paul writing to the Roman believers from where he was, I can envision Paul writing to me on this mission called earth as if he is in heaven and encouraging me.

Georgia Littlejohn 9 months ago

When you talked about the new frame I cried. Idk why. I believe I am working towards a new frame. My son and daughter have old frames that r not willing to be changed. I invite them to Watermark and if they go they sit in the attrium. I pray they will hear what is said and truly listen.

Susan Robertson 9 months ago

I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior so many years. Over time I lost my way living a sinful life. These past two years I have reopened my faith in God and Jesus Christ. I’m so thankful for this change in mu life. Life for me has become so full of love and happiness

Marina Delgado 9 months ago

God has put a new frame around my life by showing me his unconditional love and guidance. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

Marina Delgado 9 months ago

God has put a farme around my life to guide me through my daily journey of life. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

Deborah Rivera 9 months ago

In response to how God has put a frame around my life.As I enter a new season of marriage, I’m reminded to see things through God’s eyes and not mine. I will struggle, but I have a choice to show God’s grace with my words and actions. Things may not be easy or as I would like, but He has a greater purpose.

Sara Alfaro 9 months ago

God has given me the frame of forgiveness and I continue to seek his presence. I pray to be a guide to the ones who need a frame transformation .

Fred Shea 9 months ago

I like how you say a “new frame” and “God’s perspective”. I was not always aware that I am “loved by God and called to be (a) saint”. It was just not how I viewed things. I am so relieved that God extended His Grace and Peace to me and delivered me from death and darkness.

sherry crowley 9 months ago

I like the idea of a new frame to describe our new position in Christ. I am so thankful that Christ lives in me and has changed my “frame”. I am a sinner saved by grace. In Christ alone I am a saint.

Kirk Benners 9 months ago

This was awesome. Great simple way to look at it with the thought of the frame.

Burlon Leffall III 9 months ago

For q1 I think I had a prior frame of shame, guilt and pride. It’s been replaced with freedom, wholeness, and value.

Brian Childers 9 months ago

What a great analogy, Christina. I believe it’s relevant throughout our entire life that as we mature in our walk that we “change”. Thank you for sharing!

Abigail Voorhees 9 months ago

Want to echo Brent Voorhees on this one. A new life of transparency. So grateful for a church with leaders that model that so well in all different ministries at Watermark. Such a strong encouragement to see the growth that can come from removing barriers that keep sin hidden.

CHRISTOPHER LANDRY 9 months ago

Firstly…Go Dawgs!! LaTech grad here, too. Great Devo… loved the illustration of the frames. May God show us, today, what He’s looking at (His perspective) so we can be about Him. Ps: Congrats on parenthood!

Colleen Park 9 months ago

God is always working on me! Thanks for the reminder!!

Brent Voorhees 9 months ago

#1 God has exchanged my frames by removing the frame of barrier that keeps sin hidden and isolated, and increasingly replacing it with a frame of transparency that recognizes I never was capable of earning God’s favor - but that God loved me and sent His Son to be my sin and give me His righteousness. With that new knowledge, He beckons me to be a saint - not out of personal effort, but walking in humility with His Spirit. Thus, the ‘increasingly transparent’ frame.

Lisa Olsen 9 months ago

Thank you, Christina! Today’s reading and devo was such a good reminder to seek Christ, not comfort through the things of this world

Lisa Olsen 9 months ago

Thank you, Christina! Today’s reading and devo was such a good reminded week Christ, not the comforts of this world.

Alma Barber 9 months ago

Thank you Christina for reminding us that God is at work in us. I’m so glad that he’s working in me isn’t based on anything of my doing, but on his love for me. May we see ourselves as He sees us-saints-and not as others see us. Not even ourselves.

Hope Harris 9 months ago

@Theron Smentek, Thanks for sharing the Keller quote with us

Theron Smentek 9 months ago

I like the way Keller talks about how God has reframed our identity. He breaks down verse seven (if you aren’t reading the compliment) like this: the believers experience four things that Paul calls out to the Romans; 1) called to belong, 2) loved by God, 3) called to be saints, and 4) to enjoy grace and peace. I think to answer your 2/3 question in conjunction-if I could only remember who loves me second by second-how much would that change how I react and respond to the world around me and (as you put it so beautifully) reflect the purity of God.

Robbie Vedrenne 9 months ago

I love this line of your devotional “I don’t want to be seeking comfort, but sainthood.” In it contains a deep well of truth. It is not that discomfort or self sacrifice is a goal, but neither is clean sailing and relative ease. We will see trouble in this world, and seeing ourselves in the proper “frame” is where an abundant life is cultivated. Good stuff!

Sue Bohlin 9 months ago

Thanks for your perspective, Christina. “Reframing” is such a great word to describe the shift in how we see and interpret life as we grow in thinking more and more like Jesus. I was struck by Paul’s reassurance to the Roman believers that they were 1) loved by God, and 2) called by God to be holy ones (saints). When our true identity starts with “I am God’s beloved child,” that changes EVERYTHING! Talk about reframing! :-

Pam Pelley 9 months ago

Christina, I love this! Sometimes my frame (who I am in Christ) gets dusty or maybe a nail in one of the corners is coming loose. I have to regularly go back, do some dusting (remind myself of who I am in Christ). Or do some hammering on the nail coming loose (reject what the world says about me & drive home that nail if God’s truth). Grateful for God’s frame & how it gives meaning and purpose to my picture!

Morgan Daniel 9 months ago

2 Cor 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Richelle Blackwelder 9 months ago

Hi Christina, great devo! I really relate to your old picture/new frame analogy. Too often I get distracted by stress and noise of the here and now, and I forget to view my surroundings in the context of the frame Christ has put around my life. Which is why I am so glad we are studying Romans in JTJ this year. Paul leaves no room for misinterpretation in his arguments. Reading your devo today, I can’t help but be reminded of Romans 12:2. It all comes back to the frame!

Mike Frizzell 9 months ago

Is it said of us, that our faith is proclaimed around the world? Lord, let this be said of us.

Marina Delgado 9 months ago

I find myself dragging my feet to fully obey God when I reconcile,surrender myself to Him, and acknowledge that I depend on his plans for me and not my own plans.

Riley Penna 9 months ago

“Our lives should reflect the purity of God”…well said Christina! Thank you.

Amy Merritt 9 months ago

Sweet words from our Father this morning. We are called his holy people- saints and loved. We obtain grace and peace from our Father. These truths allow me to be a part of God’s family, set apart. God is working in me and through me, where others can see Him.

Sheila Etonga Ngol'esueh 9 months ago

I have a new frame in Christian because I desire to do what pleases God. I do not try to control every aspect of my life, but I am confident that God holds my life in His capable hands. 2 Cor 5:17

Hugh Stephenson 9 months ago

What I notice in this passage is that Paul has/claims a deep and intimate relationship with God. He knows the people in Rome and knows that God & Jesus love them. He thanks God through Jesus for them. Some say “I thank God for you” but I sense its from a totally different level of relationship. It seems as if his greeting of “grace to you and peace” does come precisely from God. It seem unlikely that I can ever have that level of relationship and knowledge of God. Regardless, I do know that’s the direction that I want to run, and run hard. I know that prayer, His Word, His people and the Holy Spirit will guide me.

Larry Miller 9 months ago

What an excellent reminder of our calling! Thank you for your encouragement to “change my frame”. That’ll preach!

Michael Scaman 9 months ago

Two big things hit you here. The letter is to all in Rome LOVED BY GOD and CALLED TO BE SAINTS. In some sense there is a special love and a special call. And yet this doesn’t stop Paul from UNCEASING PRAYERS for them. It rather encouraged Paul as it should us to pray.

Trey Collins 9 months ago

Good morning Christina, thanks for this devo! I like the example of the frame: simple and encouraging, yet convicting also. I have been trying to be intentional about focusing on a WWJD idea recently, so this is a good reminder. Praying for you this morning!

Lindsey Driscoll 9 months ago

Christina, praying for you this morning as you continue into motherhood in 2018. Q1- God puts a new frame around my life of a biblical ldview

Lindsey Driscoll 9 months ago

Q1- God puts a new frame, a biblical worldview in our lives as believers. In these few verses alone we are reminded where true Grace and peace in this world come from = God. (1:7) We are called to be saints, Christ is to be shared all over the world, and we are to pray for the church daily. (1:7-9) Our view of the world changes and a new frame is put on as we live out our calling.

Linda Aland 9 months ago

“Called to be saints” - I have to remlns myself of that challenge daily. Even if I am “called,” there is a lot of responsibility in showing others the Christian “me” who is a continual work in progress. What does a “saint” feel like. I think of the Apostles and how they often waivered and know that I can only work at my “witness” (how others see Jesus in me) and hope that it looks better each day.

Robert Owens 9 months ago

Thank you Christina.

Robert Owens 9 months ago

Thank you Christine. A very good wway to start the morning.

Tom Kinser 9 months ago

Thank you for the reframing analogy Christina. A very good thought and devo.

Greg Jones 9 months ago

Christians are called to be saints—to increasingly allow their daily life to more closely match their position in Christ.-My quote for the day. I love this thought because to phrase “to increasingly allow” sounds like great big huge shifts in life, “daily lives” reminds me that my position in Christ is lived out in small bites.

jennifer shepler 9 months ago

I have to say, this really caught my attention being special needs not always understanding what the passages say I know that Go has framed my new life with being strong no matter what and to know that we are his creation and as Christians we live by him and his law and his love and it’s not about us but about him!

Hope Harris 9 months ago

Good Morning JTJ peeps! Thanks for your Devo today Christina and service at the Plano Campus. As I mentioned earlier this week one of the things the gospel does is restores us to a right relationship with God. As a result of placing our faith in Christ we become a member of the Universal Body of Christ. In turn, we are to enter into and build relationships with a local community of believers. I am praying for Watermark and its Pastors, Elders, Leaders and members this morning. I am thankful to be a member of Watermark.

donna doyle 9 months ago

I feel one reframing Christ has shown me lately. We are not promised tomorrow. Love you family to the fullness. Dont sweat the small things God is Good

Jim Steen 9 months ago

He gave me a new heart and that changed my frame. ReGen showed me where my blind spots were and with the help of my wife, Community, mentor, and accountability partners, a new frame was made

Jim Steen 9 months ago

A sinner who is broken, but who believes that Christ lives in my heart and will help me to become a saint in his eyes.

Mark Steinbrueck 9 months ago

Great imagery to “frame” your point!

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