We who are “able in faith, need to step in and lend a hand and not do just what is most convenient for us.” (Romans 15:1) Lending a hand to others, even if it’s not convenient, is really difficult to put into practice every time. If I’m in the middle of a project, or just having a bad day, and a friend calls or texts because they need something from me. Sometimes, it’s hard to put myself aside and focus on the friend in need.
“…not to do what is most convenient for us.” (vs. 1) Putting down that project for a friend is not necessarily convenient for me, but it’s not about me. I am on this planet, spinning around the sun with a billion other people. Nothing about this life is about me! Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 9:19, “I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all to reach a wide range of people.” So why put down that project to talk to that person who needs me? Because I am called to love others (John 13:34).
The verse is saying also that our actions need to glorify God. But how? Through showing love and kindness to others. Love is not “self-serving.” (1 Corinthians 13:5). Sacrificial love is what Jesus showed to us as our example. Paul became a “servant” in order to show Christ’s love to others.
“Put down the project, Kelly, and love others!”
“Strength is for service not for status.” (Romans 15:2) Becoming a “servant,” or even dying on a cross, is in no way glamorous! There were no paparazzi following Paul or Jesus around. Jesus had the Pharisees watching His every move, not because they wanted to post it on the cover of “People,” but because they wanted to trap Him doing something wrong…..breaking the Jewish laws. Jesus told His disciples to “love one another, as I have loved you,” not because it’s easy or convenient or that it’s the popular thing to do. No, because our example, Jesus, “came to seek and to save the lost” and He set the example. He set the bar that we should strive to live up to. He set the standard of love.
Following the path,
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