Chapter-a-Day Romans 15

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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?”. Romans 15:1-2 (MSG)

My car has a navigation system, and one of the features of the system is to track the path you’ve travelled. Like little electronic bread crumbs dropped on the map, you can trace your journey. It’s interesting to look at where you’ve been. A good perspective of the past often provides clarity in your present position.

This morning, as I glance back and trace my journey of following Jesus, I two things stood out to me. First, the journey has consistently led away from myself and towards Christ. Just as Jesus selflessly emptied Himself to take up the cross for the good of all, following after Jesus constantly leads me away from self-consideration and toward putting others needs ahead of my own.

Also, as I trace my path, I see stretches of the journey where a little progress was made, but I also see entire stretches of the journey in which my path led around and around in circles. Like the people of Israel wandering for 40 years on their journey to the Promised Land when it should have taken them one, I have my own periods of useless meandering. Sometimes my life is a blur of motion with no progress to show for it.

I don’t want to wander through my day today. I want to make a little progress. How can I take one step away from myself and closer to Jesus?

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  1. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”

    Life is too busy at times. I was reflecting on this recently, b/c our small group is reaching out in our community to help a family in need. We often sit in our church rows wondering how we can connect better with our community and serve right around us. Then we leave to go to the next event, commitment or ball game. I know for my life, I just need to slow down. The work of Christ can be done all around us and right under our nose. We just need to slow the calendar enough to see those needs and address them. I am working to be more aware in spite of busy schedules. Will you join me?

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