Tuesday, November 4, 2008

More from Romans (15:1-3)

Just read this passage at the beginning of Romans 15 and three things jumped right out at me;

""hose of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, "How can I help?" 3-6That's exactly what Jesus did. He didn't make it easy for himself by avoiding people's troubles, but waded right in and helped out."

1) Christianity is not a solo endeavor
2) Strength = Service
3) Jesus' example was deep involvement in people's lives, including their troubles

First, it is not possible to have a faith that is "private." A disciple of Christ will be one who emulates Christ; and Jesus Christ set the example by devoting a huge part of his life to his disciples. Paul echoes this sentiment here, telling all of those who are strong in the faith to help those who are weaker in the faith.

Second is that the bottom line of this type of faith is the simple equation; strength = service. This is something that is counter-intuitive; we tend to think of strength as power, leadership, command, demanding of respect and honor; again, Jesus sets the example with the equation that the greatest will be those who serve - or in other words, as Paul put it here, strength = service.

Third is perhaps the toughest challenging; wading right into people's messes and helping them. Again, this is the example that Jesus set for us. Where would I be if He didn't decide to come and enter into the mess of my sin and deliver me? So the challenge is for us to be involved in the lives of others and to lend a hand, serving them, and wading right in to help out.

Where are you? Where am I? Am I increasing my "greatness" by "serving?" Am I mentoring, discipleing those who are faltering? Am I willing to get "messy" and wade right into people's troubles?

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