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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. For with the heart, one believes and is justified, and with the mouth, one confesses and is saved.

Romans 10:9-10

Paul shares the heart of the gospel with Jews and Gentiles; God welcomes all into His kingdom if they confess with their mouth and believe in their heart. Confessing means saying they have faith in Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. Believing means accepting the truth of Christ’s actions. With acceptance comes salvation and peace. We must choose who we will follow and what truth we will believe each day.

Acorns become oak trees. Our first steps of confession and belief plant seeds in our hearts that, as we pursue and follow Jesus, begin to grow. The more we apply Christ’s teaching to our lives, the larger the branches become, producing more fruit and sharing the good news with the world. From one seed comes innumerable others that impact the world and grow God’s kingdom.

Salvation means we have a declared destination where we will spend eternity in heaven with the Lord. But before we reach our endpoint, we must take the journey. God doesn’t immediately call us home; each day, the Lord has divine tasks for us to accomplish: loving Him and others. As we complete our mission, we will introduce others to Jesus, who will book their room in heaven and begin to share what they have found. The never-ending circle of life continues as we share the good news with others, and they, in turn, do the same.


Salvation comes through Jesus.


Lord, thank You for Jesus, who gives us salvation when we confess with our mouths and believe with our hearts. Help us share the good news of Christ with others every day, drawing them to You and building Your kingdom.


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