We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.” Romans 15:1-3 (NLT)
That is what I want you to do for me. What do you want me to do for you? I want you to help others. That may sound easy. That may seem like a very basic and very uncomplicated request. Does it? I don’t know, I’m not sure. You are right to be cautious. Why is that? I am asking a lot of you. Helping others will not always be easy. Helping others will often be everything but uncomplicated. Helping others will take you out of your comfort zone. Helping others will cause you inconvenience. Helping others will take you way out of your way. Helping others will require you to go the extra mile and then some. You can also be sure that you will receive no encouragement from the world and what it values. Those who are conforming to the world will largely be living to please themselves. You live in a “me first” world. Don’t let yourself be conformed into its pattern of thinking and speaking and acting. I won’t. It will be very good if you don’t.
So, what will you do? I will follow your example. I will live as you lived. I will give like you gave. I will serve like you served. I will rely on all the strength that you will give me to help those who are weak. I will build others up according to their needs. I will follow you to wherever you lead me to do whatever you ask me. I will have two questions on my mind and in my heart. What two questions will guide your thoughts and words and actions? I will ask you, “How do you want to use me?” I will ask others, “How can I help you?” You will do to have those questions continually on your mind and in your heart. Receiving and acting on the answers to those questions will make you able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Receiving and acting on the answers to those questions will make you able to be a bold and bright witness for me in the world. You will reap a rich harvest. You will store up treasure in heaven with me. You will live a life that is pleasing to me. That is what I want. That is what I will do. I will live to serve you and others. That will be very good.
Lord, on my own, I am weak. But I know that you have given me strength in you. You are with me to help me. I will follow your example. I will never live to please myself. Instead, I will use the strength you have given me to help others and build them up. Amen
Key Question… When has the Lord given you unusual strength to help those who are weak?
Living It Out… Be willing to be inconvenienced and go far out of your way to help those who are weak.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will give you strength to help those who are weak.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has given you strength to help the weak.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you help others with all the strength the Lord has given to you.
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