Romans 15:1-21 MSG
Those 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?”
That’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.
“I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it.
Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us .
God wants the combination of his
- steady, constant calling and
- warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to
- characterize us ,
- keeping us alert for
- whatever he will do next. May our
- dependably steady and
- warmly personal God
- develop maturity in you so that
- you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be
- a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a
- stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus! So
- reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory.
Jesus did it; now you do it!
Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them.
As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God.
Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do!
For instance: Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing; I’ll sing to your name! And this one: Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together! And again: People of all nations, celebrate God! All colors and races, give hearty praise!
And Isaiah’s word: There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope!
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
Personally, I’ve been completely satisfied with who you are and what you are doing.
You seem to me to be well-motivated and well-instructed, quite capable of guiding and advising one another.
So, my dear friends, don’t take my rather bold and blunt language as criticism. It’s not criticism. I’m simply underlining how very much I need your help in carrying out this highly focused assignment God gave me, this priestly and gospel work of serving the spiritual needs of the non-Jewish outsiders so they can be presented as an acceptable offering to God, made whole and holy by God’s Holy Spirit.
Looking back over what has been accomplished and what I have observed, I must say I am most pleased—in the context of Jesus, I’d even say proud , but only in that context. I have no interest in giving you a chatty account of my adventures,
only the wondrously powerful and transformingly present words and deeds of Christ in me
that triggered a believing response among the outsiders.
In such ways I have trailblazed a preaching of the Message of Jesus all the way from Jerusalem far into northwestern Greece. This has all been pioneer work, bringing the Message only into those places where Jesus was not yet known and worshiped. My text has been, Those who were never told of him— they’ll see him! Those who’ve never heard of him— they’ll get the message!
Romans 15:1-21 MSG
I think here of the example Jesus set. Rather than going around the section of town most Jewish people avoided, He went right into it & sat down, meeting a woman at the well & spending a li’l time with her,
To get there, he had to pass through Samaria. He came into Sychar, a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was still there. Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well. It was noon. A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.) The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.) Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.” The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?” Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
John 4:4-14 MSG
Any strength we have is for service, not for status or to boast about how strong we are & how weak others are in comparison.
Today I’m considering my weakness, God’s strength and how Christ can use me to point others to Him.
“Strength is for service, not status”
For Christ’s sake, beetle
How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble. The Lord will protect him and keep him alive, And he shall be called blessed upon the earth; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies. The Lord will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health.
PSALMS 41:1-3 NASB